Why isn’t a cashew a nut? Learn the answer to this question and more in the second installment of our Herbarium department, in which we explain the different types of plants and the scientific logic behind their classification.
There are fleshy fruits (berries, drupes, pomes, etc.) and dry fruits (achene, legume, samara, and more).
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Learn to identify the parts of a flower, including the stigma, ovule, and pistil.
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Mulberries are an example of a "multiple fruit structure" because of its many flowers crowded together along a fleshy, stem-like axis.
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The winged, helicopter fruits seen spinning from maple trees are a type of samara.
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Gymnosperms and angiosperms are both spermatophytes
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Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) are technically a legume.
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Cashews (Anacardium occidentale) are technically drupes.
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Because pine nuts come from a conifer, which is a gymnosperm, the naked seed is not considered a true fruit.