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What are chasmogamous flowers? Can cross-pollination occur in cleistogamous flowers? Give reasons for your answer.

7. What are chasmogamous flowers? Can cross-pollination occur in cleistogamous flowers? Give reasons for your answer.

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Flowers can be of two types i.e. chasmogamous flowers or cleistogamous flowers. Chasmogamous flowers are open flowers which have their anthers and stigma exposed. These flowers facilitate cross-pollination. On the other hand, cleistogamous flowers are closed flowers whose anthers and stigmas are not exposed. Since these flowers do not open at all, only self-pollination occurs in these and cross-pollination is never seen. Thus. cross-pollination cannot occur in cleistogamous flowers. 

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