How do plants have sex

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Plants reproduce in a number of ways. Next we look at some of the different types of reproductive organs used by plants. The microscopic spore cell has everything it needs to grow into a multicellular plant, and under favorable conditions the cell will divide and grow. In plants, spores can be found on non-seed bearing plants including green algae, mosses and ferns. Often, the spores are located on the underside of the leaves and are carried to a new area by wind or rain. Spores, unlike seeds, are less likely to be eaten by animals, but they are at risk of being consumed by bacteria and fungi.

Plant reproduction

Plants have sex, and many even have sex chromosomes | Genetic Literacy Project

Minus bad pickup lines, one-night stands, and other social complexities, plants actually do have sex. Most plants sprout bisexual flowers which have both male and female parts , but plants like squash grow separate male and female flowers — still others have both bisexual and single-sex flowers. And, as evolutionary biologists have recently discovered, plants with male and bisexual flowers produce more seeds. So how do flowering plants do it? Using nature as a matchmaker, wind, animals, or water carry pollen to a sticky female stigma. The grains then germinate and grow downward, creeping slowly towards the ovaries. Eventually, the pollen grains bump into some eggs: Ta-da, seeds are born yes, eating an apple or other fruit means eating an unborn life form!

Do Plants Have Sex?

Plant reproduction is the production of new offspring in plants, which can be accomplished by sexual or asexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction produces offspring by the fusion of gametes , resulting in offspring genetically different from the parent or parents. Asexual reproduction produces new individuals without the fusion of gametes, genetically identical to the parent plants and each other, except when mutations occur. In asexual reproduction male and female gametes do not fuse, as they do in sexual reproduction.
It is unfortunate that children no longer get a lesson in the birds and the bees. But you have to wonder if we might not be a little more sane about it all if we understood it first in that old, roundabout birds-and-bees way, as something every plant and animal had an interest in. Your children might someday forgive the psychological damage you inflict if you bumble the bee lesson, but your garden may never recover. So periodically, I take it upon myself to tell you the thing that apparently your parents were too embarrassed or too neglectful to tell you:.