Petals Quotes (29 quotes)
Digital Atlas of Ancient Life
Flower petals are located on a flower's corolla. They are usually colored and often scented. Flower petals may produce nectar. The function of flower petals is to help pollinate the plant so it may propagate. Each kind of flower evolved a different type of petal that aids that specific species. Flower petals aid in pollination because they attract insects, birds or bats to the plant in question.
Petals are modified leaves that surround the reproductive parts of flowers. They are often brightly colored or unusually shaped to attract pollinators. Together, all of the petals of a flower are called a corolla. Petals are usually accompanied by another set of special leaves called sepals , that collectively form the calyx and lie just beneath the corolla. The calyx and the corolla together make up the perianth. When the petals and sepals of a flower are difficult to distinguish, they are collectively called tepals. Examples of plants in which the term tepal is appropriate include genera such as Aloe and Tulipa.
Most flowers I see have five petals. Is this generally true, and if so, why? Many showy cultivated plants do indeed have four or five petals, said Melanie Sifton, vice president of horticulture at Brooklyn Botanic Garden , but another big plant category, the monocots, often have three petals or multiples of three. Even then, the numbers and arrangements vary widely. For example, grasses, palms and orchids are all monocots, but they can have great diversity in petal structure and flower shape. Sifton said.