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 (zī′gə-môr′fĭk, zĭg′ə-) also zy·go·mor·phous (-fəs)
adj. Botany
Having bilateral symmetry, as the flowers of a pea plant.

zy′go·mor′phy n.
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(ˌzaɪɡəʊˈmɔːfɪk; ˌzɪɡ-) or


(Botany) (of a flower) capable of being cut in only one plane so that the two halves are mirror images. See also actinomorphic
ˌzygoˈmorphism, ˈzygoˌmorphy n
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Adj.1.zygomorphic - capable of division into symmetrical halves by only one longitudinal plane passing through the axis
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
actinomorphic, actinomorphous - capable of division into symmetrical halves by any longitudinal plane passing through the axis
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'Flower types' provides explanatory diagrams of the more unusual types of flower such as the daisies, peas, and orchids, as well as for the terms actinomorphic and zygomorphic, which relate to floral structure.
The habit of these species is very peculiar because of their adaptations to the parasitic lifestyle, including greatly reduced, achlorophyllous, vegetative organs, and colorful dense inflorescences with zygomorphic flowers on fleshy stems (Piwowarczyk et al.
is zygomorphic. The calculated result is smaller at the left end and larger at the right end because surface effect increases the efficiency of stress transfer with increasing normal stress.
dots or stripes on corolla); (vi) floral symmetry (actinomorphic or zygomorphic); (vii) stamen number (two, four or five); (viii) anther position (determined by the anther location relative to the corolla tube, i.e.
Further, zygomorphic or pinkish type flowers with white with inflorescence terminal panicle, up to 18 cm long, fulvous pubescent and small fruits enclosed in red bracts.
Floral anatomy and systematics of Alliaceae with particular reference to Gilliesia, a presumed insect mimic with strongly zygomorphic flowers.
Lithophytic rosulated, cespitose herbs to 1.7 m high, with conspicuous slender stolons, the mature rosettes zygomorphic; leaves 15-20 per rosette, sheaths white, lustrous on both surfaces, blades light green with purple marginal bands, narrowly triangular, densely lepidote abaxially; inflorescence lateral, erect; peduncle bracts foliaceous, 2-20 cm long, linear, attenuate and pungent, spiny at the margins; staminate inflorescences twice branched; pistillate inflorescences once branched; staminate flowers white, sessile; filaments in the male flowers 3.9-4.2 mm long, anthers yellow, 2-2.5 mm long, with a conspicuous apical acumen; pistillate flowers greenish white, sessile; sepals 3.5-4.3 mm long; petals narrowly triangular elliptic, 5.8-6 mm long.
An object having exactly one line of symmetry can be termed as zygomorphic. Our brain can be classified as a zygomorphic object, since it is symmetric along a line, drawn vertically on the image.
Sesame has zygomorphic flowers with pendulous tubular corolla of 3-4 mm in length and coloring of various shades of purple white.