Hermaphrodite

Hermaphrodites are organisms that have both male and female reproductive structures. Most angiosperms have the anther and filament of the stamen (male reproductive structures) and the stigma, style and ovary of the carpel (female reproductive structures). The fact that most angiosperms are hermaphrodites contributes to the success of flowering plants. If both the female and male reproductive organs are present, the plant can self pollinate. In addition to this, other animals can spread its pollen and seeds, allowing there to be great reproductive success for these angiosperms. The picture above shows a desert rose, genus Adenium. It is from the family Apocynaceae which consists of “perfect” or “bisexual” flowers, meaning that they have both male and female reproductive structures.

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