Thursday, May 04, 2006

Flower Dissection

Yesterday, for Botany, we dissected a lily we had bought at the grocery store. Alexandra was fascinated by how much pollen was on the anthers & it was her idea to smear some of it in our notebooks. It was also her idea to look at it with a magnifying glass. It was really neat!

We glued & taped the various parts in our respective Botany journals. The lily was a great flower to use as it had large parts. It was neat to cut open the ovary and see the ovules that will become seeds!

We also looked at the irises in our yard. A few of them looked like seed pods instead of buds, so we decided to dissect them. Wow! There were a lot of seeds in them, each about 1/2 the size of a kernal of corn. Plants are such amazing, beautiful creations!

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