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flowering plant

noun
1.
a plant that produces flowers, fruit, and seeds; angiosperm.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • The average orchid plant takes seven years to mature to a flowering plant from a seed.
  • In the flowering plant lineage those genes were borrowed to map out the structure of the flower.
  • Or choose a flowering plant that can go outdoors after bloom is through.
flowering plant in Science
flowering plant
  (flou'ər-ĭng)   
A plant that produces flowers and fruit; an angiosperm. See more at angiosperm.
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Encyclopedia Article for flowering plant

Magnoliophyta

any member of the more than 300,000 species of flowering plants (division Anthophyta), the largest and most diverse group within the kingdom Plantae. Angiosperms represent approximately 80 percent of all the known green plants now living. The angiosperms are vascular seed plants in which the ovule (egg) is fertilized and develops into a seed in an enclosed hollow ovary. The ovary itself is usually enclosed in a flower, that part of the angiospermous plant that contains the male or female reproductive organs or both. Fruits are derived from the maturing floral organs of the angiospermous plant and are therefore characteristic of angiosperms. By contrast, in gymnosperms (e.g., conifers), the other large group of vascular seed plants, the seeds do not develop enclosed within an ovary but are usually borne exposed on the surfaces of reproductive structures, such as cones, that originally produced the spores.

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