Definition - What does Carpel mean?

A carpel is a key part of a plant and is best-known as the female reproductive organ of a plant. It is leaf-like in appearance and lies in the whorl. (There is a female and male whorl, and in this case it's the female whorl where the carpel, which is made up of the stigma, ovary, and style lies.

A collection of carpels form a pistil, the female reproductive part of a plant. It's essentially the seed-bearing part of a plant.

MaximumYield explains Carpel

Carpels are an integral part of plant reproduction. It is the innermost part of a plant and in hermaphroditic plants is surrounded by stamens (male plant reproductive organs).

Carpels and stamens form the inner part of a plant and they are surrounded by petals. The journey of a plant begins when an egg within a carpel is fertilized by pollen. This results in the development of seeds, which can be used to grow other plants.

There are plants with one carpel and plants with many carpels. A carpel has three parts: stigma, ovary, and style. The stigma is responsible for pollination and is the top-most part of the carpel. The ovary is responsible for determining the number of carpels in a plant and is the bottom-most part of a carpel. Lastly, the style is responsible for connecting the stigma and ovary together, helping with the transfer of pollen through the carpel for pollination.

In other words, plants often produce flowers for the purpose of reproduction. A carpel is the female reproductive organ that lies in flowers. Thus, a carpel is an integral part of the reproduction process and key for plants.

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