Monday, May 11, 2009

What part of a flower becomes the seed? Which part becomes the fruit?

I'm doing biology homework, and I can't find the answer to those 2 questions. Thanks!

What part of a flower becomes the seed? Which part becomes the fruit?
A fruit is a ripened ovary. After the ovule in an ovary is fertilized in a process known as pollination, the ovary begins to ripen. The ovule develops into a seed and the ovary wall pericarp may become fleshy (as in berries or drupes), or form a hard outer covering (as in nuts). In some cases, the sepals, petals and/or stamens and style of the flower fall off. Fruit development continues until the seeds have matured. With some multiseeded fruits the extent to which the flesh develops is proportional to the number of fertilized ovules.


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