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Part XIII : Plant Dispersal

Colonization of a Habitat
The Spore-producing Plants : Mosses and Liverworts
The Spore-producing Plants : Ferns and Horsetails
Dispersal is Not Just for Plants
Laboratory work relating to this chapter

Topic Chapters Index

 

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PLANT DISPERSAL

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Flowering Plants

To understand how flowering plants disperse it is important to understand their structure and their methods of reproduction. Use the hyperlinks to the left to review the relevant chapters.

 

From Flower to Fruit

When the ovules have been fertilized they develop into seeds. At the same time the carpel starts its development into a fruit. The photographs below show this change in two flowers, the tomato flower and the buttercup flower.

Tomato flower © Paul Billiet

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Tomato flower development into fruit  © Paul Billiet

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Tomato fruit  © Paul Billiet

Development of the tomato flower into a fruit

Buttercup flower  © Paul Billiet

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Buttercup flower: development into fruit  © Paul Billiet

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Buttercup fruit  © Paul Billiet

 

Development of the buttercup flower into a fruit

 

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