The gynoecium or pistil is the central portion of the flower, terminating the floral axis.
This fact suggests the possibility that the flowers described by Mr Wieland, in which the male organs are mature and the gynoecium is composed of very short and immature ovuliferous stalks and interseminal scales, are not essentially distinct from those which have lost the staminate leaves FIG.
We cannot decide at present whether the gynoecium in a flower, such as that represented in fig.
The androecium and gynoecium are not present in all flowers.
A flower then normally consists of the four series of leaves - calyx, corolla, androecium and gynoecium - and when these are all present the flower is complete.
The pistil or gynoecium occupies the centre or apex of the flower, and is surrounded by the stamens and floral envelopes when these are present.
In this case it is the gynoecium which has an additional number of parts.