J. Richard Abbott – Botanist
Personal and professional website for American Botanist J. Richard Abbott, PhD
Sanguinaria canadensis, Papaveraceae (dehisced capsule, arillate seeds)
What is the difference between an aril and an eliasome? Thank you!
An eliasome is a lipid-rich aril. It’s specifically a food body designed by to be dispersed through being eaten, often by ants. Arils, broadly, are accessory tissue (often fleshy, sometimes brightly colored) associated with seeds. There are many types of arils, with the terminology based on the tissue from which they develop.
There are many types of arils; specific narrower terminology can be used but is not always necessary.
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