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Monocotyledons (Liliopsida)

Monocots are one of the two principal groups of flowering plants (Angiosperms, or Magnoliophyta). Angiosperms are vascular plants that reproduce by means of seeds that typically develop from ovules that are enclosed by sterile flower tissue. Angiosperm seeds are multicellular propagules that comprise, at least during their development, both an embryo (immature plant) and endosperm (nutritive tissue) enclosed within parental tissue (the seed coat). In monocots, the embryo usually has a single cotyledon, and develops into a plant with leaves that are typically parallel-veined, and flowers that typically are made up of parts (sepals, petals, stamens, pistils) in multiples of three.

Sources: Mabberley (1987); Dahlgren, Clifford, & Yeo 1985

Muskoka Flora - Index : Monocot Group

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