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Having pistils and stamens that mature at different times, thus promoting cross-pollination rather than self-pollination.

di·chog′a·my (-mē) n.
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(daɪˈkɒg ə məs)

also di•cho•gam•ic

(ˌdaɪ koʊˈgæm ɪk)

having the stamens and pistils maturing at different times, thereby preventing self-pollination (opposed to homogamous).
di•chog′a•my, n.
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