Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What is the difference between a buttercup and a daffodil?

Buttercups and daffodils are *very* different ... about the only similarity is the yellow flowers.


Buttercups (genus Ranunculus) are dicots with broad leaves, often with dissected margins. The flower is very open, with lots of stamens and free, superior carpels (= what looks like a bunch of small ovaries in the center of the flower at the first link). The second link shows the leaves very well.


Daffodils (genus Narcissus) are monocots with typical strap-like leaves (as seen in third link). The flower is quite different with a specialized trumpet-like feature called a corona. You can't see inside the corona very well but there are six stamens and the ovary is inferior (it is inside the green "bump" at the base of the flower).

What is the difference between a buttercup and a daffodil?
They might look a bit similar to each other, but they are two very distinct species. Daffodils are monocots, while buttercups are dicots.








Daffodil -


Photo:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Yello...





Classification of daffodil:


Kingdom: Plantae





Division: Magnoliophyta





Class: Liliopsida





Order: Asparagales





Family: Amaryllidaceae





Genus: Narcissus











Butter cup:


Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Creep...





Classification of buttercup;


Kingdom: Plantae





Division: Magnoliophyta





Class: Magnoliopsida





Order: Ranunculales





Family: Ranunculaceae





Genus: Ranunculus





Class - Magnoliopsida means dicots, while liliopsida refers to monocots. So you see, how much these two differ from each other.........The only phylogenetic relationship between them are that they both are angiosperms.
Reply:Buttercup is classified as Renunclus and is a perennial plant which means it keeps on growing over several years. A Daffodil is a bulb which is classified as Narcisus. Some of them are replaced every year. It has the same structures as a plant, Stem, Leaves and Buds but they are condensed and in storage until the bulb is in the correct growing conditions. The layout of the structures are different because the perennial has a permenant area at or just below the ground level on which the buds develope where as the bulb has a basal plate on which the buds develope and are maintained below the ground surface until they are needed.


The methods are plants way of avoiding bad conditions ie Survival stratergys.
Reply:My little buttercup has the sweetest smile. My little buttercup won't you stay a while?


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