Looking Further Into Plants

Rafflesia

The Rafflesia is a huge flower that likes to have flies pollinate it. The way it gets the flies to pollinate it is its revolting smell of ROTTING MEAT!

Pollenia sp. Marcello Consolo via Compfight

The flies smell the meat and fly over to find it. They crawl over the flower in search of the meat only to get covered in pollen, and that’s the way it delivers the pollen to somewhere else. Here’s a picture of the actual flower:

Rafflesia, BorneoCreative Commons License Rod Waddington via Compfight

The normal place you’ll find a Rafflesia is on the rainforest floor.

But don’t go near it, because as you have heard; it smells of rotting meat!

Fruit

Fruits come in different categories. The first category I’ll talk about, is the melon category.

This melon category consists of watermelon, rockmelon, casaba, honeydew and casaba. Fruits like that with a lot of seeds and thick skin. Here’s a picture of a watermelon:

CIMG2198Creative Commons License max takaki via Compfight

The next category I’ll talk about is the citrus fruit category. Things like kumquats, lemon, grapefruits, orange, tangerines and limes. They usually have a sort of inner thin skin called a membrane. The membrane divides the inside of the fruit into little pieces that you might call segments. Here’s a picture of a lemon:

LemonCreative Commons License Andrew Magill via Compfight

As you can see in this picture, the membrane is dividing it into segments.

The last category I’ll talk about, is the tropical fruits category.

It has fruits in it like avocados, coconut, bananas, figs, dates, guavas, mangoes, papayas, mangos, pineapples, pomegranates and kiwi. The tropical fruits grow in warm conditions. Here’s a picture of my favourite fruit, the mango, which is a tropical fruit:

Mango Fruits aries0112 via Compfight

although there are other categories of fruit like berries, pits and cores; I won’t go through them because then we’d all get bored.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

6 thoughts on “Looking Further Into Plants

  1. Great post Penelope,
    I hope you are enjoying the challenge activities. I thought an avocado was used like a vegetable. Are there any other vegetables that are really fruits instead?

    • Some people think that tomatoes are vegetables. I think you know they’re fruit though. I thought it was a surprise when we first started growing pumpkins at home. Since all things that grow above ground, (apart from us), are fruits. I found out that pumpkins were fruits because they were growing above ground.
      Did you know that?

  2. hello,
    I was looking through your posts and the watermelon caught my eye. I don’t usually eat watermelons but I like to look at them. When you mentioned the mango I was really surprised because I like mango. have you ever eaten a mango before?

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