Sterile Flower

Sterile Flower

 

a unisexual, staminate (male) flower. The term is sometimes used to denote a bisexual flower that has remained barren as a result of underdevelopment or deformity. It is also used to designate a flower that for some reason was not pollinated and fertilized.

References in classic literature ?
She is a sterile flower, you know- like some strawberry blossoms.
It really seemed that Sonya did not feel her position trying, and had grown quite reconciled to her lot as a sterile flower.
Townsend, the partial florescence consists of a solitary hermaphrodite flower and a solitary small sterile flower formed by a large-celled, spongy, ventrally floccose cylinder tipped with small greenish processes present within and scarcely exceeding one bracteole, with the second bracteole empty (Townsend, 1993).
They are usually represented by the mopheads and lacecaps - the first with large, almost spherical heads composed of sterile florets (yes, it's all for show) and the second with circles of tiny flowers ringed by arresting sterile flowers whose job is to attract pollinating insects.
They are usually represented by the mopheads and lacecaps - the first with large, almost spherical heads composed of sterile florets (yes it's all for show) and the second with circles of tiny flowers ringed by arresting sterile flowers whose job is to attract pollinating insects.
Mature plants will be covered by these totally sterile flowers, which can be 12 in (30 cm) or more in diameter.
White Wave, pink or blue fertile flowers surrounded by white sterile flowers.
Sterile flowers soon fall off the plant without forming the bolls that are the source of cotton textile fibers.
The flat flower-heads have a central area of small fertile flowers, surrounded by a ring of large sterile flowers.
The flowers are extremely showy with large sterile flowers on the outside that serve to attract pollinating insects to the small but "real" perfect flowers in the interior of the florescence.
This Impressive shrub produces lovely conical ivory panicles of sterile flowers which float above the 'real' flowers.