dstarret at BIOLOGY.SEMO.EDU
Thu Aug 12 19:03:01 EST 1999
At 04:36 PM 8/12/99 -0700, Bill Purves wrote:
>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.
*** Back to an earlier question then. Where's the cotyledon?
>>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.
*** Good to know this.
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