why are fruits round

monique at bio.tamu.edu monique at bio.tamu.edu
Mon Nov 25 10:13:30 EST 1996


>>A math-teaching colleague of mine asked today why fruits tend to be
>>round.  We narrowed the question to why fleshy fruits are round and
>>thought of some possible answers.  But I told him I'd put the question
>>out to you all and promised him there would be a wonderful diversity of
>>answers from proximate to ultimate.


I like the answer that fruits are spherical in cross-section because pistils 
were, but there could be another reason.

Ask yourself:  What shape is easiest for a seed-dispersing animal to swallow 
whole?


Monique Reed
Botanist
Texas A&M University



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