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CARPEL:

The female floral organ that bears ovules, which develop into seeds if fertilized; it can be a simple pistil or one unit of the compound pistil as in a daylily. See also: ovule, seed, pistil.

carpel
Photo: Sue Bergeron, used with permission.

The compound pistil of a daylily has three carpels fused together as shown most clearly in the cross section of the ovary.

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