Petal

Definition - What does Petal mean?

Petals refer to the various colored segments of a flower. Petals tend to be unusually shaped and vividly colored in order to attract pollinators for propagation. A group of petals together is normally referred to as a corolla.

Corollas are found above a set of tiny and virtually indistinguishable leaves known as sepals. While the majority of plants have large petals, some types of plant species such as grasses lack petals or have very small ones.

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Physically speaking, petals vary drastically according to the different types and species of flowers. A plant is generally classified according to the number of petals that it contains. For instance, monocots tend to have only three to six petals, while larger groups of dicots often have four to five petals. According to the ABC model of flower development, stamens, sepals, carpels, and pedals are all interlinked because they are all modified versions of each other.

Petals are crucial to plant reproduction because they attract pollinating agents. Pollen is found at the center of a cluster of petals and this provides nectar to bees and other such insects. The exact function of petals varies largely according to various types of plants. Wind-pollinated flowers, for example, produce virtually no scent because of their small and rather dull-looking petals.

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