From ‘Micro’ flower to ‘Mega’ fruit
Jutta, Mariam and Zawawi, Abu Hanafiah (2012) From ‘Micro’ flower to ‘Mega’ fruit. In: Nature's Yield and Wonders of Art (NYAWA)12: Fruits. University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, pp. 28-31. ISBN 9789673442980.
Most of us are familiar with the curious yellow blobs of nangka (jack fruit) or chempedak - chewy, delectable layers of flesh surrounding large, no less edible seeds. But asked whether they have seen the flowers of a nangka or cempedak tree most people would answer with a perplexed but firm “no”. Yet, flowers they have - members of the genus Artocarpus to which nangka, cempedak and sukun belong, bear male and female flowers on separate distinct inflorescences on the same tree.
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