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n. pl. nec·ta·ries
A nectar-secreting structure located either within a flower or on a leaf or other part of a plant.

[New Latin nectārium, from nectar.]

nec·tar′i·al (-târ′ē-əl) adj.


n, pl -ries
1. (Botany) any of various glandular structures secreting nectar that occur in the flowers, leaves, stipules, etc, of a plant
2. (Zoology) any of the abdominal tubes in aphids through which honeydew is secreted
[C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar]
nectarial adj


(ˈnɛk tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
an organ or part of a plant that secretes nectar.
[1590–1600; < New Latin nectarium. See nectar, -y3]
nec′ta•ried, adj.
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Noun1.nectary - a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectarnectary - a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectar
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
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Bakshi-Khaniki and Persson (1997) studied nectary morphology in 31 southwestern Asian Fritillaria species.
Occasionally, however, long-tongued bees and ants have been observed visiting them, possibly attracted to a nectary found near the ovary of the chasmogamous flower.
In turn, hermaphrodite flowers have a three lobed stigma surrounded by the nectary and inferior ovary and three anthers toward the outside of the flower, preventing self-pollination (DELAPLANE; MAYER, 2005).
Male and female flowers have a developed nectary disc at the base of the flower between the stamen tube and the pistil (Fig 2).
Most foragers inserted their heads fully into the corolla, proboscis extended, to drink from the basal nectary.
azora in Riodinini is reinforced by the position of spiracles, presence of echinoid setae, and absence of tentacle nectary organs, which are all typical features of this tribe (Harvey, 1987; Kaminski, 2008).
1987a) reported that the absence or low production of seeds would be a consequence of: a) irregular growth of the pollen tubes in some varieties; b) pollen tubes that are too short and cannot reach the ovule; c) the occurrence of seeds solely in the first hands and in the distal portion of the fruits in some cultivars; and d) the premature necrosis of the nectary region in the female flower which hinders the passage of the pollen tube.
The flower produces nectar in a nectary disk surrounding the ovary and in a couple of extrafloral nectaries on both sides of the pedicel.
Nectary of two bidentate glands 2 X 2 mm each, basally dark colored.
Chitaleypushpam differs from the better known Sahnianthus by lack of a stipitate ovary, presence of a short style and five-loculed rather than six to eight-loculed ovary, absence of a nectary, and stamens with short filaments of equal length.