Quiz – The Flower Edition

by Deb on February 21, 2012

Flowers

Beautiful and ubiquitous, but they have a serious job.

  1. When did flowering plants develop?
  2. What do calla lillies and sunflowers have in common?
  3. What is the point of flowers?
  4. What are bracts?
  5. And what’s the picture?
Answers here.

 

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Trinity February 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I don’t know the answers to the first three, but a bract is a part of the plant that looks like the petals of a flower, but isn’t, usually it is just a brightly coloured leaf, close to the actual flower which is quite tiny. The bright “petals” on a bougainvillea are bracts.

And that flower is a corpse plant. It apparently smells like rotting human flesh. It flowers once in a very long time, for a short time. The flower is apparently huge-tall as a person. One flowered in a botanical gardens locally (Qld) recently, it made the news.

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