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adj. Botany
Dehiscing by the breaking away of the valves from the septa. Used of a seed capsule.

[sept(um) + Latin frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

sep·tif′ra·gal·ly adv.


(Botany) (of a dehiscence) characterized by breaking apart from a natural line of division in the fruit
[C19: from septi-2 + -fragal, from Latin frangere to break]
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The fruits are stipitate elongate-elliptical septifragal capsules with two to three wings formed from a 3-carpellate ovary (Ferrucci, 2006).