THE FLOWER
DISSECTING KIT

flower dissecting kitIn your plant studies, especially when using identification keys, time and again you'll be asked about details of flower anatomy that can only be found out by tearing blossoms apart. Are the stamens "diadelphous" or "syngenesious"? Are the ovules' placentae "parietal" or "basal"? With large blossoms sometimes these details can be seen by breaking things apart with a thumbnail. However, with smaller flowers -- the majority of blossoms we're likely to meet -- we must be more expert. Here are instruments needed in a simple flower-dissecting kit which can be carried with you in a small bag or pouch: