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A seed of a flowering plant can best be described as…

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A seed of a flowering plant can best be described as…

A. radicle and plumule

B. the developed ovule

C. the embryo and endosperm

D. developed ovary




Flowering plants, after fertilization, form fruits and seeds. To be clear, the ovule is usually found inside the ovary, it hardens into a seed while the outer ovary forms fleshy or dry fruits.

Now to the right option:

  1. Option A is incorrect; radicle and plumule are roots and stems developed during epigeal and hypogeal germination of seeds, this is clearly not the answer.
  2. Option B is correct; while the ovary matures into fruits, the ovule hardens into seeds inside the fruit.
  3. C is incorrect; the embryo and endosperm are two of the 3 major parts of a seed. A seed cannot be best described as a fraction of its parts.
  4. D is also incorrect; developed ovary form fruits and not seeds.


You may please note that

  • A seed is made up of three major parts, the seed coat, the embryo, and the endosperm.
  • A mere use of two of these parts is not sufficient to describe it.

You may use the questions and answers session to deal further on this topic…

/culled from 2018 JAMB-UTME biology question 20/

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