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Epigynous, "upon the ovary," a term applied to the petals and stamens when they are so carried up by receptacular growth adherent to the ovary as to appear to spring from the top of it. The ovary in these cases is inferior; the calyx, superior.

Epigynous insertion occurs in the Umbelliferm (q.v.) and some other Calyciflorae (q.v.), and gives the name Epigynse to series of Gamopetalae (q.v.), Incompletae (q.v.), and Petaloid Monocotyledons (q.v.).