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Word of the Week: Aril

If you have a magnolia tree on or near your property, then you may be familiar with the cone-like fruit it produces in summer. When the follicles split open, they extrude what appear to be bright red or orange seeds. However, the seeds themselves are actually hidden under oily coverings called arils. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Follicle

If you grow milkweed to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, then you know that they also attract milkweed bugs. You often find these bright red and black insects massed on the milkweed “pods” trying to gain access to the seeds within. But, do you know that the fruit of the milkweed is not actually a pod but rather a follicle? Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Etaerio

Unlike simple fruits, which develop from a single ovary in a flower, an etaerio develops from multiple ovaries (sometimes called fruitlets) in a single flower arranged over the surface of or within the flower’s receptacle. An etaerio is also called an aggregate fruit. Continue reading

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