This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Valley Naturalist says:"We have recently received some monstrous apple-flowers collected by Prof. Keigh, of New York. There may be seen on turning down the five minute, pointed, sepal-like organs, into which the petals are transformed, the fifteen pistils enclosed. The outer ten extra pistils form a ten-celled, superior core, and the five regular pistils, within, extend down through them to the regular five-celled ovary below. The number of petals is occasionally but four, and the pistils vary from twelve to fifteen. We see no other way of accounting for the ten extra pistils, except to consider them as transformed from the twenty missing stamens; this is however contrary to analogy, as transformations of this sort rarely ever occur in other plants. The original tree is quite old, and is unfortunately in a dying condition. Grafts have, however, been made, so that this peculiar monstrosity will not be lost to science by the death of the original tree. It has been suggested that the fruit may also have an economic value, as, in an orchard away from other apple trees, blooming at the same time, the large, early fall cooking apples would probably be quite seedless".