Ants and Seed dectectives

Why do flowers attract pollinators to visit them?
What are some ways that flowers attract pollinators to them?

Why do plants have fruit? How does a flower become a fruit?

What do all the fruit have in common?
What are the differences between fruit and vegetables?

Draw a cross section of the fruit.

What is similar about all of the cross sections?
What is different about all of the cross sections?
Do all fruit have their seeds on the inside?
Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? How do you know?

Create a class definition of a fruit, post it on the blog as a comment.

There are other types of plants that produce seeds. Seeds come in all shapes and sizes and come from both flowering trees and shrubs, such as bottle brush and eucalyptus trees, as well as plants that we consider to be weeds, such as dandelions and thistles.

From flowers to fruit

Once pollination happens fertilisation occurs in the ovary. After this, the petals fall off, the ovary swells very large into a fruit and the seed develops on the inside (such as in apples and tomatoes),or on the outside of the fruit (such as strawberries).

Animals that eat this fruit will spread the seed around when they drop the seeds or when the seed passes through the digestive system. This allows the seed to reach soil and germinate, starting the plant life cycle all over again.

Which parts of the flower can still be seen in the fruit?
The ovules in the flower grow and are called what in a fruit?

 

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