Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having flowers with styles of differing length, as the primrose.

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  • adj. Having styles of two or more distinct forms or lengths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having styles of two or more distinct forms or lengths.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Heterogonous: opposed to homostyled.

Etymologies

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hetero- +‎ styled

Examples

  • Peculiarities in the reproductive system affecting individuals of the same species reach their maximum in what are called heterostyled, or dimorphic and trimorphic flowers, the phenomena presented by which form one of the most remarkable of Mr. Darwin's many discoveries.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Such are, the various adjustments of length and position of the stamens to bring the pollen to the insect and from the insect to the stigma; the various motions of stamens and styles at the right time and the right direction; the physiological adjustments bringing about fertility or sterility in heterostyled plants; the traps, springs, and complex movements of various parts of orchids; and innumerable other remarkable phenomena.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • In my new book I shall use all the information and specimens which you have sent me with respect to the heterostyled plants, and your published notices.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • Pontederia, for I am now printing a small book on heterostyled plants, and on some allied subjects.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • I am the more anxious to do so as a writer in the United States has described a species, and seems to doubt whether it is heterostyled, for he thinks the difference in the length of the pistil depends merely on its growth!

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • Lagerstraemia was doubtfully placed among the heterostyled plants

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • I am especially glad that you have called attention to the parallelism between illegitimate offspring of heterostyled plants and hybrids.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • The Lythraceae must be excluded, as these are heterostyled.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • I should be much obliged if you could without much trouble send me seeds of any heterostyled herbaceous plants (i.e. a species which would flower soon), as it would be easy work for me to raise some illegitimate seedlings to test their degree of infertility.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • As before remarked, no little discovery of mine ever gave me so much pleasure as the making out the meaning of heterostyled flowers.

    The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

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