Q. 185.0( 3 Votes )

The phenomenon observed in some plants wherein parts of the sexual apparatus are used for forming embryos without fertilisation is called:
A. Parthenocarpy

B. Apomixis

C. Vegetative propagation

D. Sexual reproduction.

Answer :

Parthenocarpy is development of a fruit without prior fertilization. Hence the fruits are seedless.


Apomixis is development of a seeds without prior fertilization. It is observed in few flowering. Apomixis is a form of asexual reproduction that mimics sexual reproduction. Apomixis avoids the processes of meiosis and fertilization, leading to embryo development.


Vegetative propagation is type of asexual reproduction in a plant where new plant is formed with involvement of just one parent. The new plant is genetically identical to the parent.


Sexual reproduction – here new offspring is formed with involvement of two parents.


Therefore, the correct answer is option (b).

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