Ch 56: Plant Diversity

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In this overview of plant diversity, you'll learn about bryophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms, and more. The informative lessons in this chapter can be a valuable resource when preparing for a test or working on class assignments.

Plant Diversity - Chapter Summary

In these lessons on plant diversity, you'll learn about the characteristics of angiosperms and the different families of flowering plants. You'll also learn about plant species like ferns and horsetails. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • List the shared characteristics of plants
  • Provide examples of bryophytes
  • Explain the life cycle of phylum Pteridophyta
  • Discuss how gymnosperms reproduce
  • Recall the life cycle of an angiosperm
  • Explain the economic importance of flowering plants
  • Discuss how adaptations of seed plants allow them to thrive
  • Define dispersal in ecology

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9 Lessons in Chapter 56: Plant Diversity
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Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

1. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Chances are, you can thank a plant for your clothes, your food, and even your house. This lesson will explore the kingdom plantae including characteristics plants share as well as some facts and examples of organisms within this kingdom.

Bryophytes: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. Bryophytes: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

You may be familiar with green moss growing on a rock. Moss is a bryophyte, a type of nonvascular plant found near fresh water. This lesson describes bryophytes, including mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

Phylum Pteridophyta: Characteristics, Classification & Life Cycle

3. Phylum Pteridophyta: Characteristics, Classification & Life Cycle

In this lesson, we'll discover the characteristics, classification, and life cycle of the group Pteridophyta, which includes plant species like ferns and horsetails.

Gymnosperms: Characteristics, Definition & Types

4. Gymnosperms: Characteristics, Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will explore gymnosperms, which are a unique group of plants that do not have bright flowers or seeds that are protected in fruit. We will examine types of them as well as their characteristics and the way they reproduce.

A Gymnosperm Life Cycle: Reproduction of Plants with 'Naked Seeds'

5. A Gymnosperm Life Cycle: Reproduction of Plants with 'Naked Seeds'

Some plants, such as pine trees, are able to reproduce with unprotected seeds. We will look at the major structures involved in this form of alternation of generations in gymnosperms.

Angiosperms: Characteristics, Definition & Examples

6. Angiosperms: Characteristics, Definition & Examples

Flowering plants are also known as angiosperms. In this lesson, we will explore this vast group of plants to learn what sets them apart from other types of plants and how they survive.

An Angiosperm Life Cycle: Flowering Plant Reproduction

7. An Angiosperm Life Cycle: Flowering Plant Reproduction

When you think of how plants reproduce, you probably think of flowers. We will look at how flowering plants use specialized reproductive structures to complete an alternation of generations life cycle.

The Role of Seed and Pollen Grains in Life on Land

8. The Role of Seed and Pollen Grains in Life on Land

This lesson goes over some of the important adaptations various seed plants have developed, ones that have allowed them to thrive on land, including places other plants (like seedless ones) have not been able to colonize.

Dispersal in Ecology: Definition & Explanation

9. Dispersal in Ecology: Definition & Explanation

When you see a bunch of seeds floating through the air, they are dispersing in order to move to a new home. Both plants and animals disperse actively or passively. We'll discuss both ways in this lesson.

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