11 Facts About Flowers


Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop.

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Flowers pollinated by night visitors, including bats and moths, are likely to concentrate on scent to attract pollinators and so most such flowers are white.

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Flowers are specialized in shape and have an arrangement of the stamens that ensures that pollen grains are transferred to the bodies of the pollinator when it lands in search of its attractant.

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Flowers can be pollinated by two mechanisms; cross-pollination and self-pollination.

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Flowers that reflect the full range of visible light are generally perceived as white by a human observer.

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Flowers identified 24 classes, based mainly on the number, length and union of the stamens.

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Flowers are dried, freeze dried and pressed in order to create permanent, three-dimensional pieces of floral art.

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Flowers have inspired art time and time again, such as in Monet's Water Lilies or William Wordsworth's poem about daffodils entitled: "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

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Flowers provide less food than other major plant parts, but still provide several important vegetables and spices.

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Flowers have been used since prehistoric times in funeral rituals: traces of pollen have been found on a woman's tomb in the El Miron Cave in Spain.

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Flowers were widely used in ancient Egyptian burials, and the Mexicans to this day use flowers prominently in their Day of the Dead celebrations in the same way that their Aztec ancestors did.

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