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[self-pol-uh-neyt, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈpɒl əˌneɪt, ˌsɛlf-/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), self-pollinated, self-pollinating.
to undergo or cause to undergo self-pollination.
Origin of self-pollinate
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If submersed, the flowers self-pollinate while remaining closed.
  • The pogonia appears to self-pollinate by mechanical processes.
  • Flowers that do not reach the water's surface remain closed and self-pollinate.
  • The species does not self-pollinate in the wild and bees or honeybees are the presumed pollinators.
  • Plants can self-pollinate so they don't need any help to make seeds.
  • Sulfur cinquefoil can self-pollinate and seedlings quickly mature into flowering plants.
  • The flowers are also autogamous, meaning that they can self-pollinate if pollination by short or long-tongued bees does not occur.
  • They can self-pollinate, but cross pollination is more common.
  • Garlic mustard can self-pollinate or cross-pollinate.

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