monocarpic

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monocarpic (not comparable)

  1. (botany) (of a plant) That flowers and bears fruit only once before dying.
    • 1839 July 27, Robert Dickson, “Contributions to the Natural Theology of the Vegetable Kingdom”, in The Church of England Magazine, volume 7, number 175, page 52:
      A nire accurate division of plants, as connected with flowering and fructification, is into monocarpic, or those which flower but once, and perish; and into polycarpic, or those which flower and ripen seeds several times before the entire plant, root and branch, perish.