Indehiscent (remaining closed) schizocarp of Malva moschata
will later split into segments called mericarps
A schizocarp // is a dry fruit that, when mature, splits up into mericarps.
There are different definitions:
- Any dry fruit composed of multiple carpels that separate.
- Under this definition the mericarps can contain one or more seeds (the mericarps of Abutilon have two or more seeds) and each maricarp can be either:
- Indehiscent (remaining closed), such as in the carrot or in members of the genus Malva, or
- Dehiscent (splitting open to release the seed), for example members of the genus Geranium. This is similar to what happens with a capsule, but with an extra stage. (In Abutilon, the mericarp is sometimes only partially dehiscent and does not release the seed.)