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Juicy hair-like structures observed in lemon fruit develop from ___ .


A

exocarp

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B

mesocarp

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C

endocarp

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Both (b) and (c)

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Solution

The correct option is C

endocarp


A fruit consists of a wall or pericarp and seeds. The pericarp may be dry or fleshy. When pericarp is thick and fleshy, it is differentiated into the outer epicarp, the middle mesocarp, and the inner endocarp. In fruits like lemon, epicarp forms the leathery peeling, mesocarp is in the form of fibres while the endocarp projects inwards forming distinct chambers from which juicy ingrowths in the form of hair arise which form the edible part.

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