Mesocarp Dehiscence


Dry fruits

Fleshy fruits

Dehiscent Indehiscent

Dehiscent Indehiscent

Legume (e.g., bean, soybean), follicle (e.g., milkweed), capsule (e.g., tulip), or silicle

Achene (e.g., sunflower), utricle (e.g., Russian thistle), caryopsis (e.g., grasses), samara (e.g., maple), nut (e.g. acorn, hazel, filbert, chestnut), nutlet (e.g., mint family), or a schizocarp (e.g., carrot family) Pomegranate, nutmeg

Berry (e.g., tomato), pepo (e.g., squash), pome (e.g., apple), drupe (e.g., cherry, coconut, walnut), or hesperidia (e.g., oranges)

Fruits are classified into dry or fleshy, dehiscent or indehiscent types according to the atrophy and dehiscence of the mesocarp (Copeland & McDonald, 2001; Dickie & Stuppy, 2003).

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