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One of the structural units of a pistil, representing a modified, ovule-bearing leaf.

[New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos, fruit; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.]

car′pel·lar′y (-pə-lĕr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.carpellary - belonging to or forming or containing carpels
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Evident synapomorphies are difficult to find, but some character states have been mentioned in the literature as being unique in the genus; that is, trichomes of moderately long cells with a distal end that become necrotic long before the proximal end (Stevens, 1971), a nucellar pedestal on which the embryo sac is attached, earlike projections from embryo sac, and ventral carpellary bundles in the septal plane (Palser, 1951, 1952, 1961b).
This clade is defined by the fusion of the carpellary apices into three gynostemium lobes (character 56).