Sunday, July 26, 2020

Morphology of Flowering Plants - Notes | Class 11 | Part 5: The Fruit and Seed



-    It is a ripened ovary developed after fertilisation.

-    It is a characteristic feature of the flowering plants.

-    A fruit formed without fertilisation of the ovary is called parthenocarpic fruit.

-    In mango & coconut, fruit is called a drupe. They are one seeded and develop from monocarpellary superior ovaries.

-    A fruit consists of

o  Pericarp (fruit wall): It may be dry or fleshy.

Thick and fleshy pericarp is differentiated into outer epicarp, middle mesocarp and inner endocarp.

o  Seeds

-  In mango, the pericarp is well differentiated into thin epicarp, fleshy edible mesocarp and stony hard endocarp.

-    In coconut, the mesocarp is fibrous.


-    It is the mature ovule developed after fertilisation.

-    A seed is made up of a seed coat and an embryo.

-    Embryo is made up of a radicle, an embryonal axis and one (e.g. wheat, maize) or 2 cotyledons (e.g. gram & pea).

Structure of a Dicotyledonous Seed

-    The outermost covering of a seed is the seed coat.

-    Seed coat has 2 layers: outer testa and inner tegmen.

-  On the seed coat, there is a scar called hilum through which the developing seeds are attached to the fruit.

-    Above the hilum is a small pore called the micropyle.

Structure of dicotyledonous seed

-    Within the seed coat is the embryo, consisting of an embryonal axis and two cotyledons.

-  The cotyledons are often fleshy and full of reserve food materials. At the two ends of the embryonal axis, the radicle and plumule are present.

-   In some seeds such as castor, the endosperm is formed due to double fertilisation. It is a food storing tissue.

-   In plants such as bean, gram and pea, the seeds are non-endospermous (endosperm is not seen in mature seeds).

Structure of Monocotyledonous Seed

-    Generally, monocot seeds are endospermic but some are non-endospermic (e.g. orchids).

-   In cereals such as maize, the seed coat is membranous and generally fused with the fruit wall.

-   The endosperm is bulky and stores food.

-   The outer covering of endosperm separates the embryo by a protein layer called aleurone layer.

-  The embryo is small and situated in a groove at one end of the endosperm. It consists of one large and shield shaped cotyledon known as scutellum and a short axis with a plumule and a radicle.

-   The plumule is protected in a sheath called coleoptile and radicle is protected in a sheath called coleorhiza.

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