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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a plant that blossoms and bears fruit only once and then usually dies. All annual and biennial plants are monocarps. Perennial monocarpic plants include some species of bamboo, palm, ferula, and agave.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.