Seed Dispersal Glossary     

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Adaptation  Any characteristic which helps an organism to survive where it lives. These can be characteristics of physical structure, functioning or behaviour.

Asexual Reproduction  Reproduction lacking any form of sexual fusion between male and female gametes.

Berry  A many-seeded, succulent fruit. An outer skin encloses a thick fleshy interior, with an inner thin layer.

Capsule A dry fruit which doesn't explode, developed from a compound ovary

Carpel  The female reproductive organ of Flowering Plants.

Competition Plants and animals compete for scarce resources in order to survive. more.

Embryo  A plant at an early stage of development, or a developing organism.

Fertilisation  The union of two different types of gametes to form a zygote.

Fruit  The ripened ovary of a flower, containing seeds.

Gametes  Reproductive cells which unite in pairs to produce zygotes.

Nut  A fairly large hard, dry one seeded fruit which does not explode. 

Ovary  The hollow basal region of a carpel, containing one or more ovlues. Several carpels may be fused to form a compound ovary.

Pollination  The transfer of pollen from a stamen to a receptive stigma.

Seeds  The matured ovule of a Flowering Plant, containing usually one embryo, plus food reserves,surrounded by a seed coat.

Stamen  The male reproductive organ of Flowering Plants, which bears the pollen.

Stigma  The part of the carpel of a Flowering Plant which is adapted to receive pollen grains.

Style  The part of the carpel between the ovary and the stigma. It is usually long and thin.

Vegetative Reproduction  Asexual reproduction in plants through the detachment of some part of the vegetative plant body.

Zygote  The cell that results from the fusion of two gametes. 






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