from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the character of being epigynous; the growth of corolla and stamens on the top of the ovary.
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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.
Monocotyledons a similar advance from hypogyny to epigyny is observed, and from the dorsiventral to the radial type of flower.
In the polypetalous forms progression from hypogyny to epigyny is generally recognized, and where dorsiventrality with insect-pollination has been established, a dominant group has been developed as in the Leguminosae.