from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Capable of self-fertilization.
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Some plants are self-fertile or self-compatible and can pollinate themselves (e.g., they act as their own pollenizer).
Studies of compatibility of about 14% of the flora indicate that 85% of these species are self-compatible, but their level of autogamy is low.
Cleistogamous flowers by necessity are self-compatible or self-fertile plants. [