American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having stamens but lacking pistils: staminate flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany: Furnished with or producing stamens.
- Producing stamens, but no pistils: said of certain flowers.
- To endue with stamina.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Furnished with stamens; producing stamens.
- adj. Having stamens, but lacking pistils.
- v. rare To indue with stamina.
- adj. capable of fertilizing female organs
“He has an elogated knob, a staminate blossom, in the center which produces the pollen to fertilize the female or pistillate blossom below.”
“To plant several varieties is absolutely necessary on account of pollenizing, as staminate and pistillate flowers, though on the same plant, do not always appear together in proper condition on all plants; in fact it has been proven in my orchard that sometimes plants bring forth a great many pistillate blossoms and not a single staminate one on them, and still a good crop of nuts were grown on them.”
“The plants themselves were growing beautifully, but most of the staminate blossoms or catkins were frozen, and, consequently, very little pollenizing was accomplished, and very little fruit the result.”
“One particular plant of the zellernut type grown in one of my city lots during the last season was very well filled with pistillate blossoms and not one catkin on it, and still it ripened a fairly good crop of perfect nuts, where the nearest plants filled with staminate blossoms was at least 30 feet from it.”
“Whoever has had an opportunity to see and admire a well fruited hazel plant, at the time of maturity, will agree with me that it is a thing of beauty, not only during the fruit bearing season, but in fact throughout the whole winter, with the handsome staminate flowers or catkins appearing very abundantly in early fall, and remaining throughout the winter, until late spring.”
“It is one of the first shrubs to blossom, the staminate flowers hanging in slender, graceful yellowish-brown catkins, while the pistillate flowers are little points of purplish-red protruding from the buds.”
“It is a singular fact that only the staminate varieties are injured, especially those which furnish considerable pollen, since this constitutes the chief food supply of both larvae and adults.”
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
“It has an angular, creeping stem; large, somewhat heart-shaped, leaves; and axillary staminate or pistillate flowers.”
“In fact, several of these larger grafted trees have been bearing staminate bloom for two or more years.”
“In two years it was observed, Niblack had staminate and pistillate flowering together one season, and staminate overlapping four days into the period of pistillate receptivity the next.”
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