1. Why do flowers have such a pleasant scent? What would be the practical reason?
The practical reason for flowers having such a pleasant scent is to attract birds and insects such as bees. By attracting them to the flower, the bird or insect will be more likely to spread the pollen of the flower around, allowing for reproduction of that flower. 2. What is the reason behind evolutionary adaptation of flowers into bright colors?
The reason behind the evolutionary adaptation of flowers into bright colors is for pollination. With attractive coloring, birds, insects, bats, and other "pollinators" are more likely to collect pollen from that flower than one with a less attractive color. The pollen will then be spread around, and more of the same flower will be grown, showing that certain colors are more advantageous than others. 3. What is pollination?
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male reproductive organ (stamen) to the female reproductive organ (pistil) of the same or of another flower. 4. Which of the flowers you observed today will have the highest chance of being pollinated? Explain your choice.
Of the observed flowers today, the one with the highest chance of being pollinated would be the sunflower. The sunflower had the brightest and most appealing color, and although the scent was not extremely strong, there was still enough of a scent to be an adjunct in the attraction of the bird, insect, or bat to the sunflower itself.
5. Which of the flowers you observed today will have the lowest chance of being pollinated? Explain your choice.
Of the observed flowers today, the one with the lowest chance of being pollinated would be the lily. The lily is colored, but not to a great extent, for the pink is a very light shade that almost blends in with the white. However, the stripes on some of the petals do help attract "pollinators." The scent, or lack there of, of the lily was very faint, if at all present. Having...
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