What Is a Pistil?

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A pistil is the ovule-producing part of a flower. It consists of an ovary, style and stigma. The mature ovule is a seed, and the basal portion of the pistil, the ovary, produces ovules.

The pistil is a part of the gynoecium, or female portion of a flower, that produces ovules. Ovules develop into fruits and seeds.

Pistils that consists of only one carpel are called simple pistils. Pistils that consist of two or more carpels are called compound pistils. The avocado is an example of a plant with a simple pistil. The strawberry is an example of a plant with a compound pistil.