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fruits and nuts

Fri Jun 26 18:25:29 EST 1998

In a message dated 26/06/1998 3:49:25 PM, Peggy E. Pollak wrote:

>Will someone please give me some examples of plants that bear fruit in the
>form of true nuts?  I know hazelnut and acorn are, and that most others
>called nuts are not, but I cannot find an authoritative source of this

Add walnut and you may have an exhaustive list. Indehiscent, hard-pericarp,
one-locule, one-seed; all are characteristics. I think the walnut fails
technically because it is one-seeded by abortion. The concept has no taxonomic
integrity, as does legume or karyopsis, and is only vaguely defined.

Dave Williams
Science Department Chair
Valencia Community College, East Campus
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Orlando, FL 32825
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