Dichogamy


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dichogamy

[dī′käg·ə·mē]
(biology)
Producing mature male and female reproductive structures at different times.

Dichogamy

 

the maturation of the anthers and stigmas of flowers at different times. The importance of dichogamy for cross-pollination was first noted by A. T. Bolotov in 1780. In some flowers the anthers are the first to mature (protandry), and in others it is the stigma (protogyny). Dichogamy occurs not only in bisexual flowers but also in the unisexual flowers of monoecious and dioecious plants. Dichogamy is termed complete if the stigmas mature after the wilting of the stamens (or vice versa). More often dichogamy is incomplete, that is, the later maturing organs attain sexual maturity while the organs of the opposite sex have not lost their function. Protandry occurs in almost all the plants of the families Compositae and Umbelliferae. Protogyny is encountered more rarely, for example, in plants of the families Cruciferae, Rosaceae, and Ranunculaceae (anemones). The maturation of organs of different sexes at different times in cryptogams is also termed dichogamy.

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and the pattern of variation is in some cases associated with dichogamy (Brunet 1990).
To determine whether differences in the probabilities of pollen transfer are responsible for the observed variation in sex allocation among positions, one needs to quantify the influence of dichogamy on pollen-transfer probabilities.
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Incidence of monecy and dichogamy in relation to self-fertilization in angiosperms.
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The lower rate of autogamy on the Juan Fernandez Islands may be attributable to the significant percentage of species that have temporal separation of the sexes through dichogamy (mostly protandry).
While dichogamy prevents self-pollination within a flower, self-pollination may still occur among flowers on the same plant (geitonogamy), if they are at different developmental stages.
Thus, some species (those prone to self-clogging) may evolve dichogamy even after self-incompatibility has evolved.
Elisens (1985) found that seed set from self-pollinations in species of subtribe Maurandyinae (Antirrhineae) varied at the intra-individual and interspecific levels; he characterized this subtribe as facultatively autogamous/xenogamous, with mostly showy flowers having a prevalence of dichogamy and herkogamy.