monoecious
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  • IPA: /məˈniː.ʃəs/
Adjective

monoecious (not comparable)

  1. (botany, invertebrate) Having both the male and female reproductive organs in the same individual, either in different flowers or in the same or different flowers; hermaphrodite.
    • 1978, A. J. E. Smith, Cytogenetics, Biosystematics and Evolution in the Bryophyta, H. W. Woolhouse (editor), Advances in Botanical Research, Volume 6, page 247 ↗,
      Further, species which show continuous variation that is not amenable to orthodox taxonomic treatment, and this is the situation in many monoecious plants, are treated as invariable.
    • 1997, LeRoy Holm, Jerry Doll, Eric Holm, Juan Pancho, James Herberger, World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution, page 398 ↗,
      Recently, monoecious plants have been found in several places in the United States. The plants of Australia are monoecious and dioecious.
    • 1999, Monica A. Geber, Gender and Sexual Dimorphism in Flowering Plants, page 70 ↗,
      Two factors are likely to allow the establishment of forms with reduced pollen output (i.e., fewer male flowers) in a monoecious population: increased seed fitness as a result of an increase in the ratio of female to male flowers, and a reduced rate of self-fertilisation.
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