Flower Lesson for Kids: Parts & Facts

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Instructor: Tamira Butler-Likely

Tamira has taught college Science and has a PhD in Biochemistry.

Like humans, flowers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. They also have male and female parts, which help flowers spread their seeds and make more flowers just like them. In this lesson, we will learn about the different parts of a flower. Updated: 03/26/2020

Types of Flowers

Have you ever eaten an apple or an orange? If you have, you may have seen the seeds inside the core of the apple or the slices of an orange. If you were to plant those seeds, you could grow an apple or orange tree.

Seeds are what plants use to make new plants, and the flower of a plant is what makes those seeds. Flowers can have all male parts, all female parts, or a combination of both. Imperfect flowers are those that have all male or all female parts. Perfect flowers have both male and female parts.

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Male Flower Parts

The stamen is the male part of the flower. It's made of the anther and the filament. The filament is the stalk that supports the anther. The anther produces and stores pollen. The pollen carries the cells that are needed to mate with the female parts. The outer layer of the pollen is very strong and keeps the pollen grain from being destroyed. It works so well that pollen grains have been found in fossils from hundreds of years ago!

Female Flower Parts

The pistil is the female part of the flower. It's made up of the ovaries, ovules, stigma, and style. The stigma is the tip of the pistil that receives pollen grains on its sticky surface. The ovary contains the ovules, which combine with pollen to form the seeds of the flower, while the style is the long stalk that connects the stigma to the ovary.

Other Flower Parts

The pistil and the stamen are not the only parts of the flower. The receptacle, sepal, and petal all have important functions, too. The receptacle is the part of the flower to which all of the other parts are attached. It holds the flower together. Before the flower blooms, the sepal covers the closed bud to protect it. When the flower is ready to open, the sepal curls back.

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