gynoecious

gynoecious

[gī′nē·shəs]
(botany)
Pertaining to plants that have only female flowers.
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This means the plants only have female flowers (gynoecious), which do not require pollination; therefore, the cucumbers are seedless.
Many new hybrids are gynoecious (female flowering).
The cynical Ionides's description of Apollo as 'a particularly uxorious, or should I say gynoecious, potentate' (p.
Most cucumbers produce male flowers at first (some "gynoecious" hybrids are all female), and those yellow-orange flowers are a powerful attractant to striped and spotted cucumber beetles.
Increased yield of cucumber cultivars has been due also to the improvement of qualitative traits such as gynoecious sex expression, improved fruit color (improved percentage marketable fruit), and direct yield improvement (Wehner, 1989).
To identify new sources of high yield in the cucumber germplasm collection for use in breeding, we are using a three-stage process: First, all available plant introduction accessions, cultivars, and breeding lines (hereafter collectively referred to as cultigens) are tested for combining ability with a gynoecious tester; second, all available cultigens are tested for yield per se; and third, the best cultigens are evaluated using larger trials with multiple harvests, seasons, and years.
Miller and Hughes (1969) reported that harvesting at 14 to 31% oversized fruit stage in a plot was found to be optimum for maximum value in once-over harvest for `Piccadilly' and `Southern Cross' gynoecious pickling hybrids in North Carolina.
Many of the varieties are described as gynoecious (all female flowers).
Because the gynoecious flowers are single-ovulate, fruit set is the equivalent of seed set.
A fairly recent development is "gynoecious" (ji-nee-shus) varieties with almost all female flowers.
Gynoecious (all female) varieties need special care; instructions come with the very expensive seeds (up to $1 per seed) and are available in books.