Parts of a Flower
Peduncle: The stalk of a flower.
Receptacle: The part of a flower stalk where the parts of the flower are attached.
Sepal: The outer parts of the flower (often green and leaf-like) that enclose a developing bud.
Petal: The parts of a flower that are often conspicuously colored.
Stamen: The pollen producing part of a flower, usually with a slender filament supporting the anther.
Anther: The part of the stamen where pollen is produced.
Pistil: The ovule producing part of a flower. The ovary often supports a long style, topped by a stigma. The mature ovary is a fruit, and the mature ovule is a seed.
Stigma: The part of the pistil where pollen germinates.
Ovary: The enlarged basal portion of the pistil where ovules are produced.
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This illustrated guide is designed to help students recognize and learn the different parts of a flower. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites, identifies these parts:
- ovule with embryo sac
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biodiversity with an activity drawn from this guide to the parts of a flower.
- Distribute copies of theParts of a Flowerto students.
- Divide the class into small groups, and give each group a flower to dissect.
- Have the students examine the specimen and then create a poster-sized illustration of the flower that labels its individual parts.