in botany, enlarged basal portion of the pistil, the female organ of a flower. The ovary containsovules, which develop into seeds upon fertilization. It will mature into a fruit, either dry and parchmentlike or fleshy, enclosing the seeds.A simple or unicarpellate ovary is formed from a single carpel, an evolutionarily modified leaf. It has one chamber (locule), within which are the ovules. A multicarpellate ovary consists of more than one carpel and may have one or more locules.