The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois

Prairie Plant Terminology — Fruits

THIS IS STILL IN PROGRESS!!

A fruit is the ripened ovary of a flower, and a seed is the matured ovule. In many prairie plants, what at first appears to be a "seed" is in fact a whole fruit that contains a single seed; these are usually a fruit type called an achene. Another fruit type is a capsule, which splits open to release the several to many seeds.


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