The Parts of a Corn Seedling (Zea mays, Monocotyledon)
Monocotyledon: Monocotyledon embryos have one cotyledon that absorbs food. Monocots usually have narrow leaves with parallel veins, and flower parts in multiples of three. They are mostly herbaceous (non-woody) and include grasses, lilies, and orchids.
Root system: The part of a plant that is usually below ground, anchors the plant, and absorbs water and minerals.
Coleoptile: A sheath enclosing the actively growing part of a grass.
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This illustrated guide to a soybean seedling (Glycine max,Dicotyledon) is designed to help students recognize and learn the plant’s individual parts. Along with an explanation of dicotyledon embryos, it includes a short description for the following labeled parts:
- root system,
- axillary buds,
- compound leaf, and
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biodiversity with an activity drawn from this illustrated guide to soybean seedlings.
- Distribute copies of The Parts of a Soybean Seedling to students.
- Divide the class into small groups, giving each one a soybean seedling to examine.
- Have the groups investigate the commercial uses of soybeans—paying particular attention to which parts of the plant are used—and then report their findings to the class.