Definition of Pistil

The pistil is the female reproductive part of a flower. It is located at the centre of the flower and consists of a base that is swollen, an ovary that has potential seeds present in it. A stalk is also present which is also known as style and this arises from the ovary. Lastly, there is a stigma that is sticky as it has to collect pollen grains.


During pollination season, the pollen grains land on the surface of the stigma and form a pollen tube during the process of germination. The tube grows and leads down to the style which is responsible for the deposition of sperms and in this way, the ovules present in the ovary are fertilized.

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