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- noun The stamens of a flower considered as a group.
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- noun botany The set of a flower's
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- noun a male gametoecium
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Lacandonia is particularly unique among flowering plants for having "inside-out" flowers, i.e., the central androecium (stamens) surrounded by the gynoecium (separate pistils).
= -- The main points of morphological interest relating to the androecium, referred to in this volume, are those concerning the structure of the anther (see p. 292), the compound nature of the stamens in some orders (see pp. 294, 345), and the nature of the androecium in orchids (see p. 380).
So far as the androecium is concerned, the stamens either remain unaltered, or they are present in a more or less petal-like condition; but it far more frequently happens that the stamens are entirely suppressed, the adventitious bud supplying their place; thus was it in the _Dianthus_ represented in the adjoining woodcut, fig. 66, where the stamens were entirely absent, and their places supplied by flower-bearing branches.
= -- Various deviations from the ordinary type of orchid structure have been already alluded to under the head of displacement, fusion, peloria, substitution, &c., but the alterations presented by the androecium in this family are so important in reference to what is considered its natural conformation, that it seems desirable, in this place, to enter upon the teratological appearances presented by the androecium in this order, in somewhat greater detail than usual.
M. M.iotaxy of androecium, 405 of calyx, 403 corolla, 403 gynoecium, 405
On the whole, the pistil seems less subject to changes of this character than the androecium.
Apart from this, botanists are generally agreed that the concrescence of parts of the flower-whorls -- in the gynaeceum as the seed-covering, and in the corolla as the seat of attraction, more than in the androecium and the calyx -- is an indication of advance, as is also the concrescence that gives the condition of epigyny.
Suppression of the androecium as a teratological occurrence has been most frequently noticed in the following plants, omitting members of those families whose floral construction is normally incomplete in the majority of instances, and exclusive also of cases of substitution.
M. Gris  has placed on record some interesting cases of peloria of this kind in _Zingiber zerumbet_; in the more complete forms the androecium or staminal series was composed of six distinct pieces, the three inner of which were fertile, while in the ordinary flower the androecium is composed of two pieces, "a lip" and a fertile stamen.
In the same manner, the corolla and androecium may be concrete at the base, so that the stamens are for convenience 'sake described as inserted into the tube of the corolla, though it is generally admitted that both stamens and petals are really hypogynous, and it is not usual to consider the corolla-tube up to the divergence of the stamens as part of the receptacle.