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Compound fruit

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– Authors:
– Hickey, M.
– King, C.

– Publication year:
– 2001

– Book title:
– The Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms

– Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

– Source:
– Retrieved from

– Categories:
Fruit morphology
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Compound fruit (Wikipedia)

The term compound fruit is not used in technical botanical writing, but is sometimes used when it is not clear which of several fruit types is involved. A compound fruit is "composed of two or more similar parts".

A compound fruit may be:

  • An aggregate fruit, in which one flower contains several separate ovaries, which merge during development.
  • A multiple fruit, in which several flowers, each with an ovary, develop into small fruits that are clustered or fused together into a larger fruit.
  • A simple fruit formed from a compound ovary.

Grapes grow in clusters, but are not compound fruits. Each grape is grown from one ovary in one flower, and each grape remains an independent fruit.

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