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Related to perigynous: hypogynous


1. Having sepals, petals, and stamens around the edge of a cuplike receptacle containing the ovary, as in flowers of the rose or cherry.
2. Of or being perigynous flower parts: perigynous stamens.

pe·rig′y·ny (-ə-nē) n.
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1. (Botany) (of a flower) having a concave or flat receptacle with the gynoecium and other floral parts at the same level, as in the rose
2. (Botany) of or relating to the parts of a flower arranged in this way
[C19: from New Latin perigynus; see peri-, -gynous]
peˈrigyny n
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(pəˈrɪdʒ ə nəs)

1. situated around the pistil on the edge of a cuplike receptacle, as stamens or petals.
2. having stamens, petals, etc., so arranged.
[1800–10; < New Latin perigynus. See peri-, -gynous]
pe•rig′y•ny, n.
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3g, h) which would make the flower, perigynous. This species has three syntypes housed at the Smithsonian Institution with numbers USNM-222831, USNM-222832, and USNM-39950.
In addition the flowers are almost always perigynous meaning that the petals, sepals and stamens occur surrounding the ovary.
* A perigynous flower also has a superior ovary, but the petals and sepals are fused to form a tube-like structure around but separate from the ovary.