Pistil versus carpel

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Fri Aug 23 17:33:04 EST 1996

Current intro. college botany textbooks seem split on the definition of
pistil. Some stick to the traditional definition that a pistil is composed
of one or more carpels. Others consider pistil and carpel to be synonyns.
Two books do not even list pistil in their index and seem to want to phase
it out. If there any justification for changing the definition of pistil
after so many years? 

David R. Hershey
Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1340

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Department
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us

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