What Are Flowers For?

Posted on August 15, 2006  Comments (4)

Photo of flower Glacier National Park

What Are Flowers For? by D. Wheat

flowers serve two basic purposes:

  • they package genetic material (into pollen and ovules) and help move it around so it can combine to produce the seeds for the next generation, and
  • they enclose those seeds in a fruit to help them successfully grow into a new plant

Photo: by John Hunter aka curiouscat -from Glaicer National Park

4 Responses to “What Are Flowers For?”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » How flowering plants beat the competition
    November 14th, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    as the world headed into a cooler, drier climate around 250 million years ago, the early seed-bearing plants had a distinct advantage over their simpler, spore-releasing relatives that then flourished in moist, warm swamps…

  2. Researchers Learn What Sparks Plant Growth
    March 17th, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

    “How do organisms decide when to grow and when to stop growing? These questions are especially important in plants because they are rooted in the ground and must alter their shape and size in response to their local environment…”

  3. Mark
    April 15th, 2009 @ 5:31 am

    The also provide food for a variety of insects, and it is those insects that are the delivery men for all the genetic material.

  4. Piazza Dei Fiori
    October 14th, 2016 @ 5:20 am

    Well….making my girlfriend very happy, that is what flowers are for…

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