Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Monocots vs. Dicots

In Botany today we were studying the differences between monocots & dicots. We talked about their seeds and then discussed that when you see a flowering plant, the easiest ways to tell them apart are as follows:
  • monocot leaves have veins that run parallel to each other while dicots have veins that branch
  • monocot flowers have petals that come in multiples of 3, while dicots come in multiples of 4 or 5

After discussing this, we went into our backyard to find monocots & dicots & to sketch them in our Botany Journal. The first photo is of Alexandra sketching her flowers & leaves. The 2nd photo is of a monocot - I believe it is a type of Iris. The 3rd photo is of a dicot- I believe it is a type of jasmine. It grows over our fence from our neighbor's yard and smells wonderful and attracts a lot of bees. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on these names!)

It was another beautiful day outside and we are having so much fun learning about nature!

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