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Glossary Tip - Monoecious

By wildflowers
July 6, 2012

A "Monoecious" plant has male and female flowers living on the same plant. They are considered imperfect flowers. Squash is an example of a monoecious plant. In the image the male flower is on the left, the female flower on the right.

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Jul 5, 2012 7:46 PM CST
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LindaTX8
Jul 5, 2012 10:24 PM CST
I wasn't going there, yet somehow I did look at this anyway. I haven't thought about monoecious and dioecious in years! Those terms...takes me back to my original state of confusion over them. Now I have to figure them out all over again, so it all makes sense again. First comes spelling them, of course.
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Horseshoe
Jul 6, 2012 11:59 AM CST
Here ya go, Linda..

"Mono" tends to mean "one" or "single"
"Dioecious" is from Greek meaning "two houses".

Monoecious (one house)
Dioecious (two houses)

SO! If a plant is "one house" (monoecious) it has all it needs to fulfill its legacy, both a male and female living in the same house to continue ever onward.

If a plant is "two houses" (Dioecious), it requires a helper in the form of a partner to continue ever onward, e.g., one house is female only, the other male only, and they need to be introduced (or go on a blind date with an insect or the wind)! Smiling

Have I confused you even more?

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Jul 6, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Thanks Shoe, Now I understand a bit better!!!! I tip my hat to you.
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woofie
Jul 6, 2012 4:04 PM CST
Ha! Good way to remember the difference, Shoe! Hey, maybe you should post your own definition! Hilarious! Always room for more, ya know! Smiling
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
Jul 6, 2012 4:12 PM CST
Glad to help. It's my mind, ya know! Kinda weird in there! 'specially way in the back...kinda scary, even I seldom go there! Hilarious!
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LindaTX8
Jul 6, 2012 4:26 PM CST
Thanks...not confusing!
So mono = only one plant needed
dio = needs two plants
Will work on remembering~if I can figure out where I put my darn memory!
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Aguane
Jul 6, 2012 4:47 PM CST
Shoe, your explanation is definitely a "thumps up". Thanks!
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wildflowers
Jul 6, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Shoe, that's a great way to remember the difference! Thumbs up I gave your post a thumbs up too!

Linda, I think you can "star" Shoe's post and put it in your ATP memory;

...can't we do that?
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 6, 2012 5:47 PM CST
Another good suggestion! And, by the way, I very much appreciated the photo along with the tip. VERY clear! I'd never noticed!
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wildflowers
Jul 6, 2012 5:47 PM CST
yep, it works. I just starred it and now it's on my profile page. The only problem is it's listed as - a post on "food" so you may not remember that's the post about "Monoecious and Dioecious" Shrug! Hilarious!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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wildflowers
Jul 6, 2012 5:49 PM CST
Thanks, Woofie! Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 6, 2012 5:50 PM CST
Food is good! Hilarious! But I think you want to star the tip, not the thread. Although, maybe not! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 6, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Oops! Cross-posted. Great minds..... Whistling
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