(Of a flower, fruit, or ovary) having distinct carpels that are not joined together. The opposite of syncarpous.
- Early angiosperm fruits were apocarpous, with several free carpels.
- Flowers are apocarpous, with the stigmas borne at the end of a long style.
- The first bifurcation is shortly above the transition from the syncarpous to the apocarpous zone, the second bifurcation is somewhat higher up.
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