Definition of self-compatible in English:


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  • (Of a plant or species) able to be fertilized by its own pollen.
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    • However, there are a significant number of exceptions to the UI ‘rule’ that pistils of self-incompatible taxa inhibit pollen from self-compatible taxa.
    • Furthermore, seeds produced by female plants are the result of outcrossing with males, but seeds produced on hermaphrodite plants may be the result of selfing, if this species is self-compatible.
    • Despite being a self-compatible species, self-pollination is rare.

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