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Having or consisting of united carpels. Used of a pistil.

syn′car·py n.


1. (Botany) (of the ovaries of certain flowering plants) consisting of united carpels. Compare apocarpous
2. (Botany) of or relating to a syncarp
syncarpy n


(sɪnˈkɑr pəs)

having united carpels.
[1820–30; < New Latin syncarpus. See syn-, -carpous]
syn′car•py, n.
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Adj.1.syncarpous - (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of united carpels
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
apocarpous - (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses
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The flower is zygomorphic and apetalous, with a single whorl of nine stamens, a partly inferior syncarpous ovary that is unilaterally adnate to the perianth and seven-loculed with the septa fused at the base of the ovary.
a superior ovary, syncarpous ovary with axile placentation, and capsular multilocular fruits; they are excluded from the Lythraceae by the presence of one or more non-lythracean character states.
1985) and Kubitzki (1987), we consider cyperoid flowers to be derived from a typical trimerous, actinomorphic, diplostemonous, monocot flower with a superior syncarpous pistil (e.
Consequently, it is considered to be a derived syncarpous ovary as described by Lersten (2004).
This may be because an increase in carpel number in a syncarpous gynoecium has less effect on the general appearance of flowers than does an increase in number of free stamens.
Although the "Ambelanieae" and "Macoubeeae" have a syncarpous ovary and seeds embedded in pulp, whereas in the Tabernaemontaneae the ovary is usually apocarpous and the seeds displayed with (often brightly colored) arils, the close relationship of these three tribes is well supported by morphological, chemical, and molecular evidence (Fallen, 1986; Zhu et al.
The Brunelliaceae also has an apocarpous gynoecium, although in most other families of the Cornales-Rosales-Saxifragales complex the ovary is syncarpous.