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The unisexual flowers have orange-red petals about 5 cm long and 3 petal-like staminodes.
The effect of chorisis in producing an augmentation of parts is well seen in some plants that have some of their flowers provided with staminodes or abortive stamens, and others with clusters or phalanges of perfect stamens.
Thus, in the female flowers of _Liquidambar_ there are five small staminodes without anthers, whereas in the male flower the stamens are numerous and grouped together in phalanges, so that the relation of simple to compound stamens is in this case readily seen, as also in many _Malvaceæ_, _Sterculiaceæ_, _Byttneriaceæ_, _Tiliaceæ_, and
The presence of anthers on petals or on such organs as the corona of _Narcissus_ does not necessarily constitute those parts actual stamens, but rather staminodes.
Pistillate: the receptacle globose, covering the lower part of the ovary; 3 staminodes take the place of the stamens.
Calyx and corolla as above; several tongue-like staminodes replace the stamens; ovary free, oblong, 3-celled, 1 ovule in each cell; style 3-branched.
In some of these cases the hermaphroditism is due to the development of anthers on the usually barren staminodes, though, in other cases, the stamens would seem to be separate, independent formations, as they do not occupy the same relative position that the ordinary stamens would do if developed. [