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Charactersics and Classification of Angiosperms - Practice Questions & MCQ

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In angiosperms, functional megaspore develops into 

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Characteristics of Angiosperms
  • Angiosperms are the most advanced and most dominant of all plants found. 
  • Angiosperms are seed-bearing plants which form flowers and fruits. It means that the seeds of angiosperms are covered inside the fruit.
  • Angiosperms grow in a wide variety of habitats and occur in different forms i.e. herbs, shrubs and trees). 
  • The smallest angiosperm is Wolffia and the tallest is Eucalyptus (100 meters tall).
  • Angiosperms are useful to us in many ways like food, fodder, fuel, clothes, medicines and several others.
  • The root system is the tap root system or adventitious root system. 
  • Xylem has vessels and tracheids as the main conducting elements and phloem has companion cells and sieve tubes. 
  • Leaves show reticulate or parallel venation. 

Reproduction in angiosperms:

  • The flowers possess stamens or androecium as male sex organ and gynoecium or carpels as female sex organs.
  • Anther of the stamen has microsporangia in which microspores or pollen grains are formed from microspore mother cells upon reduction division. 
  • The microspores are carried to the stigma by various agents during pollination. 
  • The male gametophyte is three-celled.
  • Gynoecium or pistil has carpels which have ovules in the ovary. 
  • Ovules are of various types. The most common one is anatropous ovule. 
  • Anatropous ovule has only one megaspore mother cell which undergoes reduction division and forms four haploid megaspores. 
  • One megaspore develops into the female gametophyte or embryo sac within the ovule which has 8-nuclei and 7-cells. It has an egg apparatus with three cells out of which one is egg cell and the two others are synergids. The central cell has two polar nuclei. At the posterior side, there are three antipodals.
  • The pollen tube enters the ovule and eventually into its embryo sac through synergid and discharges its two male gametes.
  • One of the male gametes fuses with the egg cell and forms the zygote and the second one fuses with the two polar nuclei and forms the triploid Primary Endosperm Nucleus. It is called double fertilization which is unique to angiosperms. 
  • Fertilisation is siphonogamous i.e. occurs with the help of pollen tube and oogamous. 


Classification of angiosperms

Angiosperms are classified into two classes Monocotyledonae and Dicotyledonae. 
Class Monocotyledonae:

  • They are flowering plants characterised by the presence of a single cotyledon in the seed.
  • Leave have parallel venation.
  • Vascular bundles are scattered and closed.
  • Flowers are trimeric.
  • E.g. bananas, palms, cereals, grasses, bamboo, lilies, orchids etc.

Class Dicotyledonae:

  • Flowering plants with two cotyledons in the seed
  • Leaves show reticulate venation
  • Vascular bundles are open and arranged in rings. 
  • Flowers are tetramerous or pentamerous. 
  • E.g. pea, rose, mustard, cotton, Acacia

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