define staminode?

A sterile stamen that cannot produce pollens is known as staminode. They usually look like stamen and present in the inner whorl of the flower. Sometimes it is modified  to produce nectar.

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 In botany, a staminode is an often rudimentary, sterile or abortive stamen. This means that it does not produce pollen.

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A sterile or abortive stamen, frequently resembling a stamen without its anther

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