Different Flower Parts

Overview

The flower contains both male and female parts, wihch aid in pollination and the development of fruit. A perfect flower such as rose, lily, or dandelion, contains both the male and female parts of a plant.

Flowers are made up of important parts in order to reproduce. image by "Taking a rest" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: *Micky (Photos by Micky) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Petal

The scented and colorful petals attract insects to the inside of the flower.

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Pistil

The pistil, the female part of the flower, contains the stigma, style and ovary. The stigma exudes a sticky substance to catch the pollen, while the style decreases the chance of pollen contamination. The ovary, found at the bottom of the flower, bears the fruit.

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Stamen

The stamen, the male part of the flower, contains the filament and the anther. The filament is located on top of the anther, which produces the pollen.

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Sepal

The sepal is made up of small, green, leaf-like pieces that protect the bud of a flower before it blooms.

Stalk

The stalk supports the flower as it stands up to attract insects.

References

  • Flower Parts
  • Flower Anatomy
Keywords: flower parts, pistil, stamen

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