In contrast, a simple fruit develops from one ovary.
Not all flowers with multiple ovaries form aggregate fruit; the ovaries of some flowers do not become tightly joined together to make a larger fruit.
Aggregate fruits may also be accessory fruits, in which parts of the flower other than the ovary become fleshy and form part of the fruit.
Aggregate fruits include:
- Strawberry, also an accessory fruit, with a fleshy receptacle
- Multiple fruit, a structure formed from the ovaries of several flowers, that can resemble an aggregate fruit
- Compound fruit, a term sometimes used when it is not clear whether a fruit is an aggregate fruit, a multiple fruit, or a simple fruit formed from a compound ovary
- Carpel, the "building blocks" of the ovary
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