The pistil is the part of the flower that contains the ovary.
Parts of a flower
- Peduncle: The stalk of a flower.
- Receptacle: The part of a flower stalk where the parts of the flower are attached.
- Sepal: The outer parts of the flower (often green and leaf-like) that enclose a developing bud.
- Petal: The parts of a flower that are often conspicuously coloured
- Stamen: The pollen-producing part of a flower, usually with a slender filament supporting the anther.
- Anther: The part of the stamen where pollen is produced.
- Pistil: The ovule producing part of a flower. The ovary often supports a long style, topped by a stigma. The mature ovary is a fruit, and the mature ovule is a seed.
- Stigma: The part of the pistil where pollen germinates.
- Ovary: The enlarged basal portion of the pistil where ovules are produced.
During fertilization, pollen lands on the stigma, a tube grows down the style and enters the ovary. Male reproductive cells travel down the tube and join with the ovule, fertilizing it. The fertilized ovule becomes the seed, and the ovary becomes the fruit.