Hermaphrodites are organisms that have both male and female reproductive structures. Most angiosperms have the anther and filament of the stamen (male reproductive structures) and the stigma, style and ovary of the carpel (female reproductive structures). The fact that most angiosperms are hermaphrodites contributes to the success of flowering plants. If both the female and male reproductive organs are present, the plant can self pollinate. In addition to this, other animals can spread its pollen and seeds, allowing there to be great reproductive success for these angiosperms. The picture above shows a desert rose, genus Adenium. It is from the family Apocynaceae which consists of “perfect” or “bisexual” flowers, meaning that they have both male and female reproductive structures.


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s