I came through this pic while scrolling through facebook, and it was a bit strange to me.

As far as I know apples have a corymbose type of inflorescence, in which a single pedicel ends in a single thalamus.

And I am totally sure that the edible part, which is fleshy in the apple, is thalamus. How did this fruit came into existence?

I want a biological answer for this query.


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They are basically conjoined apples which share a common stalk. They are rare but do happen. Here is an article of one discovered in a backyard.

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conjoined apple discovered in a store (reference)

It apparently happens because of bad weather conditions, stress and insect damage. Fused fruits are also found in the case of cherries, watermelons, peaches etc.

Inadequate pollination because of heat and other adverse growing conditions causes that section of the fruit in which the seed did not develop to not grow and fill out. Also, the fruit primordium (embryonic growing point) can be damaged or altered by environmental factors and cause strange growth forms. Of course, Siamese twins or two fruit growing together is also rather common(reference).

Read more about them on article 1 and article 2.

  • $\begingroup$ that was very well explained thanks for this answer. $\endgroup$ Jul 17, 2014 at 15:37

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