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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).