self-fertilised love



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  • adj. fertilized by its own pollen


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  • Perhaps there had been, once, when the air was thick enough to support insects, but now most of the Martian plant-life was self-fertilised.

    The Sands of Mars

  • Now Henslow, in his “Floral Structures,” [18] adopts the same theory for all the wind-fertilised or self-fertilised flowers, and he tells me that he is alone in the view.

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

  • And thus, the strange fact of an increase of fertility in the successive generations of artificially fertilised hybrids, in contrast with those spontaneously self-fertilised, may, as I believe, be accounted for by too close interbreeding having been avoided.

    IX. Hybridism. Distinction between the Sterility of First Crosses and of Hybrids

  • When propagated from self-fertilised seed it produced about 95 per cent. of offspring with the same characters, and the remaining 5 per cent. mutants, one of which was _laevifolia_ which had been found by De Vries among plants growing wild at Hilversum.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • Besides these pairs of competitors, others were planted in beds, so that the descendants of the crossed and self-fertilised flowers might compete.

    Life of Charles Darwin

  • But, as Darwin remarks, profuse expenditure is nothing unusual in nature, and it appears to be more profitable for a plant to yield a few cross-fertilised than many self-fertilised seeds.

    Life of Charles Darwin

  • As opposed to the theory that there is any absolute need for cross-fertilisation, it has been urged by Mr. Henslow and others that many self-fertilised plants are exceptionally vigorous, such as groundsel, chickweed, sow-thistle, buttercups, and other common weeds; while most plants of world-wide distribution are self-fertilised, and these have proved themselves to be best fitted to survive in the battle of life.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • This is the case with the garden-pea, and also with our beautiful bee-orchis, in which the pollen-masses constantly fall on to the stigmas, and the flower, being thus self-fertilised, produces abundance of capsules and of seed.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • When garden-peas were artificially cross-fertilised by Mr. Darwin, it seemed to do them no good, as the seeds from these crosses produced less vigorous plants than seed from those which were self-fertilised; a fact directly opposed to what usually occurs in cross-fertilised plants.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Verbascum, fertilised by flies and bees, but also self-fertilised;

    Darwinism (1889)


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