Flowers, Fruit and Seeds

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Transcript Flowers, Fruit and Seeds

Science 3001
Science II: Earth & Life Sciences I
Mr. Kishore Lal
Living Things
Lesson 3A – Flowers, Fruits and Seeds
Flowers, Fruits and Seeds
Reproduction in plants
• Life cannot exist
without plants.
• There are three
methods of
reproduction in
• From seeds.
• From spores.
• Vegetative
(from body
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Parts of the Flower
• Flowers are important
in producing seeds.
• While flowers can be
different, there are
some parts that are
found in many flowers.
• Some flowers can be
small and dull looking
like tiny leaves
e.g.plum, or
pommecythe, while
others can be quite
conspicuous as single
flower or bunches of
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Parts of the Flower.
• Stamen - the male part.
• Anther - produces male
gametes (pollen).
• Filament - supports
• Pistil - the female part.
• Stigma - sticky portion
at the top of the style
where pollen grains
usually land.
• Style - the narrow elongated part of the pistil between
the ovary and the stigma. The pollen tube grows into the
style to reach the ovule for fertilization.
• Ovary - contains ovules After fertilization, the ovary may
become the fruit.
• Ovule - the female gamete (egg)which become seeds.
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Parts of the Flower.
• Petal (corolla) - often
conspicuously colored and
may attract insects.
• Pedicel - the stalk of a
• Sepal (calyx) - external
covering of flower bud.
(often green and leaflike).
• Stalk - supports the
• Receptacle - the part of a flower stalk where the other
parts of the flower are attached.
• Meiosis is the process of cell division that produces
gametes (sex cells) in the ovary and anther
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Seed and Fruit Formation.
• When the pollen lands on the sticky stigma it
begins to grow a pollen tube towards the ovary.
• This allows its nucleus to fertilize a single
• The outer cell layers of ovule form seed coat.
• Seed coat forms slows down metabolic
activities and protects young plant when it’s
the most vulnerable.
• Seed has stored food for germination to
postpone development until favorable
• The fruit develops from the ovary.
• Germination can’t start until water/oxygen
reaches embryo and other appropriate
conditions (e.g. heat, available nutrients,
chemicals, pass through animal intestines, etc).
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Main Parts of a Seed
• Testa – (Seed Coat) i.e. the
protective covering which
protects the baby plant
inside the seed.
• It has a tiny hole through
which the seed gets water.
• Cotyledons (Seed Leaves) They contain food for a
growing baby plant.
• Embryo – the parts that will
become the shoot and root
• Plumule – this becomes
the shoot
• Radicle – this becomes
the root
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• Germination is the
development of a
seed into a
seedling (baby
• The seed needs
• oxygen,
• water and
• warmth (from
sunlight) for
Germination - From the emergence of
the plumule and radicle to the first true
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Stages of growth
• Seed absorbs water
from the soil.
• Seed coat becomes soft
and it breaks up and the
baby root (radicle)
emerges followed by the
baby shoot (plumule).
• Root grows down into the soil.
• Baby shoot develops and grows towards the sunlight.
• Tiny leaves appear on the shoot. As the leaves grow, they
start making their own food (photosynthesis).
• The new plant produces flowers which grow into fruits.
• Fruits contain seeds.
• Given suitable condition of air, water and warmth, these
seeds germinate and grow into new plants.
• In this way the cycle of reproduction in plants continues.
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Dispersal of seeds
• Dispersal helps the seeds to reach
the suitable place where they get
enough air, water and warmth
needed for their germination.
• It prevents the competition of
seeds growing near the mother
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Dispersal of seeds
• Seeds need to be scattered away
from the mother plant.
• Dispersal of seeds is accomplished
by agents like
• animals, birds, human beings
• air
• Water
• explosion.