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A Strawberry fruit: the 'seeds' are achenes, each one derived from a pistil of the flower.

An accessory fruit, false fruit, spurious fruit, or pseudocarp is a fruit in which some of the flesh is derived not from the ovary but from some adjacent tissue. A fig is a type of accessory fruit called a syconium. Pomes, such as apples and pears, are also accessory fruits, with the core being the true fruit.[1]

The terms false fruit, spurious fruit, and pseudocarp have been criticized as "inapt"[2], and are not used by botanists today.


  1. ^ Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary entries for syconium, accessory fruit, core, and strawberry, Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2006
  2. ^ Esau, K. 1977. Anatomy of seed plants. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

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