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monocarpic Line breaks: mono|car¦pic
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˈkɑːpɪk/

Definition of monocarpic in English:


(Of a plant) flowering only once and then dying.
Example sentences
  • The presence of a leaf litter cover has been shown to cause seedling mortality in several monocarpic species.
  • Scarlet gilia is a common monocarpic perennial wildflower of western montane habitats.
  • Commonly, the apical meristems differentiated into reproductive structures, making these plants monocarpic and determinant in their growth pattern.


Mid 19th century: from mono- 'single' + Greek karpos 'fruit' + -ic.

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