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Angiosperms - Plants Slideshow

Examples of angiosperm species as wildflowers in a field

You've made it to the largest plant grouping. The division Magnoliophyta is home to all of the flowering plants of the Earth. These species range from tiny grasses in a field to large oak trees to flowering rose bushes in your yard. Every plant that uses flowers to reproduce or has seeds with seed coats can be found in this division.

You will also hear the term angiosperm used to describe these plants. For almost 150 million years, angiosperms have been specializing and becoming the dominant plant group on the planet. There are two basic groups of angiosperm, divided by the number of cotyledons and other factors. You will hear about monocots that include grasses, reeds, and bamboos. The dicots include complex flowering plants such as roses, many wildflowers, and fruit trees.

The image above shows a variety of angiosperm wildflowers in spring bloom. As you learn more, you will discover that many angiosperm species can occupy the same areas and eventually compete for the same resources.

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