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Why do oranges and other citrus fruits grow in segments?
The segments are the sections or carpels of the fruit. Please see the following:
"The fleshy interior (endocarp) is composed of separate sections (carpels) filled with fluid-filled sacs (vesicles) that are actually specialized hair cells."
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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