Seeds and Plants - Whitman College

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Seeds and
What is a seed and how does
it grow?
A seed is the part of the plant that produces
the next plant. Think of it like a baby or a
pre-baby—an embryo; it grows from a small
creature into an adult than can then produce
more seeds aka babies/embryos.
Seeds need warmth and moisture to grow.
They do not need light. They also need
food. Depending on the species, the seed’s
energy comes from either coytledon or
endosperm, both things that provide
essential nutrients for the seed to jumpstarts
its young life.
Seed becomes Plant!
Once the seed sprouts and emerges from
the soil it starts the process of
photosynthesis-turning the sun’s energy into
food it can use to grow.
Components of a Plant
• Seeds
• Roots
• Stems
• Flowers
• Fruits
• Leaves
Seeds produce plants! Plants put vital
nutrients into seeds to ensure the next
generation of plants.
What foods are seeds?
Lots! Popcorn, peas, coffee beans, beans.
Seeds are high in protein and are the best
source of non-meat protein for humans.
Roots anchor plants, absorb water and
nutrients, and store nutrients
What foods are roots?
Carrots, radishes, potatoes, onions (root
They offer a good source of complex
carbohydrates which give us long term
Stems are like our skeleton; they help plants
stand tall and strong. They carry water and
nutrients to the rest of the plant from the
What foods are stems?
Celery, sugar cane, asparagus
They provide us with a good source of
Flowers form seeds
What flowers are foods?
Broccoli, cauliflower
Provide humans with lots of nutrients
Fruits hold and protect seeds
What foods are fruits?
Lots! Apples, tomatoes, cucumbers,
strawberries, oranges
Fruits contain tons of vitamins that help
keep us healthy
Leaves absorb the sun’s energy and turn it
into food the plant can use to grow
What foods are leaves?
Lettuce, basil, kale
Offer us lots of nutrients to make us
Work Cited
Health Foods from Healthy Soils by
Elizabeth Patten and Kathy Lyons
Pictures have source underneath photo
PowerPoint created by Robin Lewis,
Environmental Studies Intern, Whitman
College Spring 2010