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8: Fruit

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    93174
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    Learning objectives
    • Define simple, aggregate, and multiple fruit.
    • Explain the general characteristics of fleshy and dry fruits.
    • Identify the difference between a true fruit and an accessory fruit based on structure and tissues.

    Fruit are important for their culinary importance and provide calories, nutrition, and pleasure. They also are the location for the development of seeds — the most important means to propagate plants and the source of genetic variation.

    Thumbnail: Carpel structure, cross section. JmproutyCC BY-SA 3.0


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