Flowers are important in making seeds. Flowers can be made
up of different parts, but there are some parts that are
basic equipment. The main flower parts are the male part
called the stamen
and the female part called the pistil.
The stamen has two parts: anthers
The anthers carry the pollen. These are generally yellow
in color. Anthers are held up by a thread-like part called
The pistil has three parts: stigma, style, and ovary. The
is the sticky surface at the top of the pistil; it traps
and holds the pollen. The style
is the tube-like structure that holds up the stigma. The
style leads down to the ovary
that contains the ovules.
Other parts of the flower that are important are the petals
and sepals. Petals
attract pollinators and are usually the reason why we buy
and enjoy flowers. The sepals
are the green petal-like parts at the base of the flower.
Sepals help protect the developing bud.
Flowers can have either all male parts, all female parts,
or a combination. Flowers with all male or all female parts
are called imperfect
(cucumbers, pumpkin and melons). Flowers that have both
male and female parts are called perfect
(roses, lilies, dandelion).