[NAFEX] Male Grape Question
jfruth at uslink.net
Wed Dec 22 09:22:09 EST 2004
Naomi asked: "I have never heard of a male grape. Please tell more."
The 'Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada," by Britton
& Brown describes VITIS (That's, "Grape," in Latin) as follows:
............................Flowers mostly dioecious, or polygamo-dioecious,
rarely perfect. Webster defines 'dioecious' as, "Having staminate and
pistillate flowers borne on different individuals." "Perfect" means to have
both male and female flower parts within the same flower.
What Britton and Brown are telling us is that grapes are sort of a
catch-all in that we could find male and female flowers on separate plants,
or both types of flowers appearing separately on the same plant or,
"...........rarely," having male AND female parts in the same flower.
Pequot Lakes, MN
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