Parts of a Flower

Flowers are abundant and range in colour, size, form, and anatomical arrangement. Each is beautiful growing singly or in cluster. However, most flowers have a uniform function, the reproduction of the species through the production of seed.

Flowers make seeds.

Each flower have essential organs of reproduction; there are two main flower parts: the male part (stamen) and the female part (pistil). Each flower also have essential accessory organs (sepals and petals). The sepals and petals attract pollinating insects.

The stamen has two parts: anthers and filaments. The anthers carry the pollen, which is yellow in colour and held up by the filament. The pistil has three parts: stigma, style and ovary. The stigma is the sticky surface at the the top of the pistil; it traps and holds the pollen. It is held up by a tube-like structure called the style. The style leads down to the ovary, which contains the ovules.

Below are some more terms you should also know.

A flower can have either all male parts, all female parts , or a combination. Flower with male or female parts are called imperfect (cucumbers, pumpkins, melons); flowers that have both are called perfect (roses, lilies, dandelion).

A baby cucumber with yellow flower. Male flowers generally outnumber the female flowers on most varieties of cucumber plants, and they open about 10 days before the female flowers.
Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface


Copy the drawing of a perfect flower, as shown below, and label your flower.

Flower Facts:

Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
Wolffia is the smallest flower in the world, the size of a grin of rice.

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