Floral Morphology

This lab covers floral morphology: the structure and shapes of flowers

Parts of a Flower

Ovary Position

Be careful: the flower should be held so that the pedicel is pointing DOWN when determining whether the ovary is superior or inferior. Flowers hanging down from a plant are "upside down" and must be turned "upside up" to determine the ovary position.

Floral Symmetry

Corolla Shapes

Inflorescence Types

For each, the stalk of the inflorescence is called the peduncle and the stalk of an individual flower is the pedicel.

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