purves at THUBAN.AC.HMC.EDU
Thu Aug 12 18:36:32 EST 1999
Dave Starrett wrote:
>O.K., now I have two questions that seem to be getting conflicting answers.
>1) What is the meat? Is it cotylerdon and thus converting endosperm to
>embryo? Is it soldified endosperm? If it is cotyledon, where does the
>milk go? Why is it that even ripe coconuts have milk in them, seemingly as
>much as unripe. (in Hawaii and some asian countries brown "ripe" coconuts
>are halved and the milk drank.
The meat is solid endosperm. Liquid endosperm gradually changes to solid
endosperm as cell walls form.
>2) Is the coconut technically a drupe? I had always assumed, and used the
>term, drupe to refer to dicot only. Can it be used for monocot also?
It is technically a drupe. The term isn't reserved for dicots.
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