Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Which flower is this? (22a)

After further investigation I can confidently say that this week's flower is NOT an orchid. It has the wrong number of petals and is a dicotyledon, not a monocotyledon. These technical terms refer to how many leaves there are when the new plant first emerges from the seed but can be seen in a mature plant by the pattern of the veins on their leaves. Monocots, like grasses, have parallel viens, but dicots don't. This week's flower does not have parallel veins, so it is not a monocot. Orchids are.

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