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n. Botany
The development of an embryo without the occurrence of fertilization.

ap′o·gam′ic (ăp′ə-găm′ĭk), a·pog′a·mous adj.


(Botany) a type of reproduction, occurring in some ferns, in which the sporophyte develops from the gametophyte without fusion of gametes
apogamic adj
aˈpogamous adj


(əˈpɒg ə mi)

1. the asexual development of a sporophyte from a cell or cells of the gametophyte other than the egg.
a•pog′a•mous, adj.
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Noun1.apogamy - (botany) development of an embryo without fertilization; especially the development in some ferns of a sporophyte from the gametophyte without fertilization
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
apomixis - any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
References in periodicals archive ?
Three Pteris species (Pteridaceae, Pteridophyta) reproduce by apogamy. Bot.
Sulklyan, "In vitro studies on apogamy, apospory and controlled differentiation of rhizome segments of the fern, Ampelopteris prolifera (Retz.) Copel," Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, vol.
Farlow (1874) reported the development of fern plantlets directly from prothalli, without the production and fertilization of an egg (apogamy = without sexual union).
Key words: Apogamy, Dryopteris, Dryopteridaceae, gametophytes, Mexico, morphogenesis, prothallus, pteridophyta.