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Self-fertilization    [ Botany ]
Adjective: Self-fertilizing 
Synonyms: Autogamy or Crossing inter se
Antonyms: Allogamy

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  The self-fertilization or autogamy is the fertilisation of a flower by its own pollen.  
   
Epithelantha micromeris

Self-fertilization is sometimes referred to as self pollination, but this is not a true synonymous. Precision requires that the term self pollination be restricted to those plants that accomplish pollination without an external pollinator. Most self-fertile plants  need the intervention of pollinator to transfer the pollen from the anther to the stigma of the flower because are unable to self-pollinate.

 

Left: Epithelantha micromeris a self-fertile cactus that don't need cross-pollination for the production of fruit and seeds.
 

 

 

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