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Carpels in dicots: question

HesperAloe hesperaloe at aol.com
Thu Feb 15 00:17:08 EST 2001

I just bought a loofah sponge (Cucurbitaceae family) and noticed it had 3
compartments (carpels). I thought dicots always had floral parts in multiples
of 4's and 5's...Does this also apply to the carpel visible when the fruit is
sliced transversely?

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