Hermaphroditic Plant (Hermaphrodite)

Definition - What does Hermaphroditic Plant (Hermaphrodite) mean?

A hermaphroditic plant is one that produces both male and female reproduction systems.

Hermaphroditic plants are largely self-pollinating and true bisexual plants. This is opposed to monoecious plants that have both male and female reproductive capabilities but can’t self-reproduce.

MaximumYield explains Hermaphroditic Plant (Hermaphrodite)

The best-known of the hermaphroditic plants would be grasses, which contain both male and female reproductive portions. The lily rose, and many plants with large, showy flowers, are most often bisexual in nature as well.

Corn, which is actually a member of the grass family, is a self-pollinating hermaphroditic plant with the pollen-producing male portion being the tassel and the female portion being the stamen as part of the ear. However, corn isn’t a true self-pollinating plant because there needs to be a group of them in order to guarantee that the pollen falls to the silk. In other words, an edible ear of corn will probably not be produced by a single stalk.

Hermaphroditic plants are very common in the garden. All of the vining crops like cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins are all bisexual, producing both male and female flowers.

The advantage of many hermaphroditic plants is that they don’t rely on bees or insects in order to reproduce. The pollen is usually driven either by the wind or simple gravity. The pollen forms on the male reproductive system on top and drops to the female portion below.

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