self-pollination

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Fig. 279 Self-incompatibility . The process depicted results in the progeny being S 1 /S3 and S2 /S3.

self-pollination

the transfer of pollen from the stamen of a flower either to the stigma of the same flower or to another flower on the same plant. Since self-pollination leads to self-fertilization which is a form of inbreeding, many plants have developed mechanisms to prevent its occurrence. For example, plants can be DIOECIOUS, show SELF-INCOMPATIBILITY, and have differential maturation times of male and female floral organs on the same plants (for example, see ARUM LILY). Compare CROSS-POLLINATION.