Flower: Male and Female Parts
Male Flower Parts
Stamens are the male parts of a flower. Each stamen is made up of an anther and a filament.
- Anthers are sac-like structures containing pollen.
- pollen is a powdery grain that contains the male reproductive cell.
- Filaments are stalk-like supports for anthers.
Female Flower Parts
The pistil is the female part of a flower. Each flower’s pistil is made up of three main parts: the stigma, the style, and the ovary.
- Stigma is the sticky top of a pistil; It traps and holds pollen that touches it.
- Style is the tube-like structure that holds up the stigma and provides a passage way down to the ovary.
- Ovary is the bowl-like shaped structure at the base of the pistil; this is the part that holds the ovules.
- Ovules are flower parts that develop into seeds after fertilization (joining of pollen and ovule).