General Stages in the Lifecycle of Flowering Plants

1. Flowering plants grow from seeds. Seeds contain a tiny embryo plant, together with stored food reserves. The seed is surrounded by a tough coat which protects it.

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2. Different kinds of plants produce different kinds of seeds. The seeds are often carried to new places away from the parent plant. Some may be blown by the wind, others may be carried by water and others by birds or  other animals.


Seeds have many different kinds of adaptations to help them blow on the wind (parachutes and wings), or be carried by animals (hooks). Seeds carried by water are light and usually float.


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