The pistil is the female structure of a flower, which mainly consists of stigma, style, ovary and ovule. It is primarily designed or adapted to pollination and followed by the fertilization process.
Also refer: Parts of a Flower.
Structure of Pistil
The pistil is the female reproductive part of a flower, located centrally within the flower. It mainly consists of a swollen base, the ovary, ovules, a stalk, a pollen-receptive tip, the stigma and other female reproductive parts of a flower. It generally varies in its shape and is often found sticky. The number of pistils usually vary with the different species of a flower. Each pistil is constructed from one to many enrolled leaf-like structures, which functions by safeguarding the ovules.
Also Read: Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants
Functions of Pistil
The main function of the pistil is to produce ovule. Other functions and importance of pistil include:
- It is the female reproductive part of a flower.
- It receives pollen and helps in the fertilization process.
- It is also involved in the germination process of the pollen grains.
- It also helps in the process of pollination by transferring pollen grains.
- Pistil comprises a stigma, which has a sticky top and plays a vital role in the germination of the pollen grains.
Read more: Pollination
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