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  • n. Plural form of achene.


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  • Those seed-containing dots on the exterior of strawberries are called achenes; each of these achenes is actually a fruit.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • These are called achenes, and each achene is an individual fruit containing a single seed.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The fruiting "clock" that follows, though, rather puts the dandelion in the shade, being large and spherical and formed of beaked achenes.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire

  • I want to stop smelling the basal stipules, pinnate leaflets, hypanthium and achenes.

    Yolanda Reid Chassiakos: A Rose By Any Other Name

  • It is noted for having miniature leaves that grow where the pips or achenes are usually found.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The fig is like an inverted strawberry, with the swollen flower base surrounding rather than supporting the achenes or true fruits.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The fig is an inverted version of the strawberry: it surrounds rather than underlies the true tiny fruits, or achenes.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The flowers are solitary at the ends of long stems, each with four sepals and numerous petals and stamens: they are large, 15-25 cm across, very showy, variously coloured in shades of pink, and are followed by a somewhat cone-shaped torus, 5-10 cm in diameter, with 10-30 carpers sunk into the upper surface: these carpers mature into ovoid nut-like, edible achenes.

    Chapter 22

  • Tiny 'seeds', in fact achenes, are produced but are of no economic importance.

    Chapter 13

  • In Carthamus and some other Composit√¶ the central achenes alone are furnished with a pappus; and in Hyoseris the same head yields achenes of three different forms.

    VII. Miscellaneous Objections to the Theory of Natural Selection


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