Posted: 07/07/2015 at 17:44
Dove, I was aware Vivipary was a term in Botany as well as Zoology, the most obvious example being Mangrove swamps. But I'd always thought it referred to a new plant forming while still attached to the parent plant, which is the doubt I was raising in my tongue in cheek comment about Edd's googling and uncredited cut and pasting. What we're talking about in this thread are seedlings forming while still in the fruit, which is not quite the same thing.
I've just had a look, and other online dictionaries and Wiki especially seem to support what I'm saying:
Viviparous plants produce seeds that germinate before they detach from the parent. In some trees, like Jackfruit, some citrus, and avocado, the seeds can be found already germinated while the fruit goes overripe; strictly speaking this condition cannot be described as vivipary, but the moist and humid conditions provided by the fruit mimic a wet soil that encourages germination. (from Wikipedia).
But since Wiki is saying 'strictly speaking' it may be a bit of a grey area in usage.