Monocots and Dicots

Flowering plants can be divided into monocotyledons and dicotyledons (monocots and dicots). The name is based on how many leaves sprout from the seed, but there are other ways to tell them apart. For monocots, these will be in multiples of three (wheat is an example of a monocot). If you count the number of petals on the flower, it would have either three, six, nine, or a multiple of three. For dicots, the parts will be in multiples of four or five, so a dicot flower might have four petals, five petals, eight, ten, etc.

Let’s start easy…grab a bunch of leaves and lets try to identify them. Here’s what you need to know:

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9 Responses to “Monocots and Dicots”
  1. Aurora says:

    Sure! What did you want to know specifically?

  2. o_Asterix says:

    Are you going to add something about conifers?

  3. Aurora says:

    Wow – good catch! We recently had to redo all the images on the site and I will look to see if this one is in the wrong place. There were a few that were inserted incorrectly – thanks for your help in catching that!

  4. Michelle Morrison says:

    Dear Aurora,

    Our kids absolutely love the program (and so do us parents, we learn so much as well!)
    Just a question though, in the picture above you have what appears to be a Maidenhair Tree leaf which is a deciduous conifer. I understood that only flowering plants could be classified as dicots or monocots. As conifers are non-flowering is the leaf there as a trick question?

  5. Aurora says:

    This is one of the very few experiments that didn’t have a worksheet or video – just enjoy the information and them move onto the next one!

  6. Mark Covalt says:

    Is there a video for this one? Anything to print?



  7. Norma Phillips says:

    I am also unable to access the information. It says I do not have access?

  8. Aurora says:

    Your account shouldn’t be locked – I’ll have our team connect with you to see if there’s an issue with something in your account. You should have access to the K-8 content.

  9. mariam jamila says:

    I have four kids and they want to watch different things within k8 content. but it seems you kept most of the things locked. You didn’t say that before i bought the program.

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