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Maize grain is a fruit and not a seed. True or false?


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seed

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embryo

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Solution

The correct option is A

seed


True.
A caryopsis is a type of simple dry fruit—one that is monocarpellate (formed from a single ovary) and indehiscent (not opening at maturity) and the pericarp (outer layer of fruit) is fused with the thin seed coat. Maize grain has all the above-mentioned features and hence is a fruit called caryopsis which is typical of grasses and cereals.

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