Home | E-mail | Plant files |  Dictionary  | Search 

 
 
 
Male  Biology  ]

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

 
     
  Relating to, or designating the sex of an organism (of plant or animal), or a part of an organism, which produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova). Consisting of members of this sex  
     
A male individual is a member of the sex that perform the fertilizing function in  generation and cannot reproduce without sexual intercourse with a female.
The male produce offsprings by fertilizing the female ova with the sperm.

The "sperm" is defined as the smaller gamete in a heterogamous reproduction system, while the larger gamete is produced by the female.

Male Symbol:

A common symbol used to represent the male gender is the Mars symbol,  a circle with an arrow pointing northeast. This is a stylized representation of the Roman god Mars' shield and spear.
 
     
Male  [ Botany   ]

     
  In botany the term male relate to organs, such as anthers and antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs.  
     
See also:  
Male flowers (= staminate) a flower bearing stamens but not pistils;
Male plant: A plant having only staminate flowers
(see:  dioecious )
     


A

 

 

1



 

Old Cactuspedia home | E-mail | Photo gallery | Dictionary | Search 

Please note: this is an obsolete page Try the new Cactuspedia interface