Apomixis – Reproduction

Reproduction involving fertilization in flowering plants is called amphimixis and wherever reproduction does not involve union
of male and female gametes is called apomixis.

The term Apomixis was introduced by
Winkler in the year 1908. It is defined as the substitution of the usual sexual system (Amphimixis) by a form of reproduction which does not involve meiosis and syngamy. Maheswari (1950) classified Apomixis into two types – Recurrent and Non recurrent

Recurrent apomixis:

It includes vegetative reproduction and agamospermy

Non recurrent apomixis:

Haploid embryo sac developed after meiosis, develops into a embryo without fertilization.

The outline classification of Recurrent
apomixis is given below.

Vegetative reproduction:

Plants propagate by any part other than seeds

Bulbils – Fritillaria imperialis; Bulbs –
Allium; Runner – Mentha arvensis; Sucker – Chrysanthemum


It refers to processes by which Embryos are formed by eliminating meiosis and syngamy.

Adventive embryony

An Embryo arises directly from the diploid sporophytic cells either from nucellus or integument. It is also called sporophytic budding because gametophytic phase is completely absent. Adventive embryos are found
in Citrus and Mangifera

Diplospory (Generative apospory):

A diploid embryo sac is formed from megaspore mother cell without a regular meiotic division Examples.
Eupatorium and Aerva.


Megaspore mother cell (MMC) undergoes the normal meiosis and four megaspores formed gradually disappear. A nucellar cell becomes activated and develops into
a diploid embryo sac. This type of apospory is also called somatic apospory. Examples Hieracium
and Parthenium.

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