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Having separate petals, as in the corolla of a rose or carnation.


(Botany) (of flowers) having many distinct or separate petals. Compare gamopetalous


(ˌpɒl iˈpɛt l əs)

having separate petals.
pol`y•pet′al•y, n.
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Adj.1.polypetalous - having a corolla composed of many separated or distinct petals
petaled, petalled, petalous - (of flowers) having petals
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Thus I affirm that the division of monocotyledons from dicotyledons, and the distinction of Gramineae from Cyperaceae, are real, because in these cases, I arrive at the same result by the reproductive and the nutritive organs: while the distinction of monopetalous and polypetalous, of Rhodoraceae and Ericineae appears to me artificial, because I can arrive at it only by the reproductive organs (Whewell 1840, 1, 520, quoting A.
Polypetalous species like apple, almond, pear, peach and cherry possess both a calyx and a multi-petalled corolla and produce beautiful flowers and fruits.
Calyx and corolla gamopetalous or polypetalous and sometimes not well differentiated, rotate, campanulate, urceolate, or tubular.