The plant group that shared possession of flower like reproductive characters are called anthophytes. The group consider anthophytes are Bennettiales, gametophytes and angiosperms. About 2,35000 angiosperms are discovered. Among them 65,000 are monocot and 1,65,000 are eudicot species.
Characteristics of angiosperms:
1. Formation of flowers with closed carpels.
2. Double fertilization leading to endosperm formation.Macrosporophylls becomes modified into stamens while megasporophyls have produced carpel with stigmatised surface for receiving pollen grains.
3. A three nucleate micro gametophyte and an eight nucleated megagametophyte.
4. Stamens contain two pairs of pollen sacs. Female gametophyte is called embryo sac.It is 8 nucleate and 7 celled where archegonium is absent.
5. The presence of sieve tubes and companion cells in the phloem.
6. Angiosperms are divided into two – monocot and dicots due to presence of their umber of cotyledons.
Basic characteristics of monocots are:
(i) Plants with single cotyledons.
(ii) Radical aborting early in growth with the development adventitious root system.
(iii) Vascular bundles are complex andrarely showing secondary growth.
(iv) Leaves with parallel venation.
(v) Flowers are 3 merous.
(vi) Pollen grains usually monosulcate.
(vii) Sieve cell plastid with several cuneate protein crystals.
(viii) Pollens are monoaperturate.
(ix) Monocots are different types. They are:
1. Orchidaceae – Largest family of this category which contain flowering plants.
2. Poaceae – About half of the as many species are made up of true grass. Economically they are important because it includes grain (rice, bamboo, wheat, maize etc) which have economic importance.
3. Arecaceae - Some crops and palms are included in this category.
4. Musaceae - This include banana, plantain, ginger etc.
5. Zingiberaceae – This also contain some products like turmeric and cardamom.
6. Asparagaceae – Asparagus included in this category.
7. Bromiliaceae – Pine apples belong to this category.
8. Cyperaceae – Water chestnut are included in this category.
9. Amaryllidaceae - This category includes leeks, onion, garlic etc which have economic importance.
Basic characteristics of dicotyledon are:
1. Plants with two cotyledons are called dicotyledon plants
2. Radical, giving rise to mature root system and not aborting.
3. Vascular bundles in ring and often showing secondary growth.
4. Leaves with reticulate venation pattern.
5. Flowers four or five merous.
6. Pollen grains predominantly tricolpate or modifications there of.
Dicotyledon can be divided into different category. They are:
1. Eudicoits - It is monophyletic group having tricolpate pollen.
2. Magniliids - It represents families of dicotyledon including Magnoliales, Laurales and Illiciales.
3. Amborella – Molecular phylogenetic put it as sister of other flowering plants as it hasdifferent types of xylem than other plants.
4. Nymphaeales - It is aquatic, rhizomatous herbs, with laticifers, placentation parietal and seeds are usually operculate.
5. Austrobaileyales - Woody vines mostly found in tropical and temperate zone.
6. Chloranthales – They are fragrant herbs or shrubs which have the medicinal properties.
7. Ceratophyllum - It is unique among angiosperms. As it passes in life cycle completely underwater. This interesting feature indicates its primitive ness.
Question and answers on Angiosperms:
Which is the largest angiosperm of the world?
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