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Dissect a Flower

Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Botany, Plant Parts, Pollination

Introduction

Springtime is when nature comes back to life. Trees are growing their leaves again and flowers are sprouting, displaying their beautiful colors and spreading their delightful smell. But have you ever looked at a flower in more detail? What parts do flowers consist of? Are all flowers alike? In this activity, you will find out by dissecting, or taking apart, a flower piece by piece. How many plant parts do you think you can identify?

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Fresh flowering plants with large plant parts, such as roses, tulips, lilies, petunias, carnations, or irises (Three different flowering plants, 2 of each). Note: Make sure you select perfect flowers with male (stamen) and female (pistil) plant parts. If you have allergies to certain plants, make sure that you use an alternative.
  • Glass or cup with water
  • Paper plates (6)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Magnifying glass or hand lens (optional)
  • Paper (optional)
  • Colored pencils (optional)
  • Tape (optional)
    Materials needed for the flower dissecting activity.

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Botany, Plant Parts, Pollination