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Class 11-science NCERT Solutions Biology Chapter 5 - Morphology of Flowering Plants

Morphology of Flowering Plants Exercise 82

Solution 1

Modification of the root is a change in the shape, size, structure and normal functioning of the root to perform some secondary functions or a particular adaptation.

a) Banyan tree: In banyan trees, long roots develop from branches which go deep down to reach the ground to provide additional mechanical support to the banyan tree. This modification is called prop root.

b) Turnip: In turnip, the root is modified to store extra food. This modification is called napiform fleshy tap root.

c) Mangrove trees: The roots of mangrove trees get modified into pneumatic structures to provide additional oxygen to the plant. This modification of roots is called respiratory roots or pneumatophores. 

Solution 2

  1. In some plants, the stems remain underground to carry out some additional functions such as food storage and vegetative reproduction. For example, potatoes are a modified form of underground stems. A potato tuber shows the presence of nodes and internodes and the presence of scale leaves and buds at the nodes. An apical bud is present at the tip of potato tuber which confirms that it is a stem.
  2. When the stem takes on the role of sexual reproduction, it is modified into a flower. That is why a flower is often called a modified shoot. Flowers consist of highly reduced stem branch to form a thalamus in which the nodes are borne only towards the tip. The floral parts, sepals, petals, stamens and carpels, are arranged in their respective whorls and arise from the nodes. 

Solution 3

Pinnately Compound Leaf

Palmately Compound Leaf

  1. In a pinnately compound leaf, several leaflets are present on a common axis.
  2. Leaflets are borne in pairs on an elongated axis giving a feather-like appearance.
  3. The leaflet-bearing axis is the continuation of the petiole or modified mid-rib. It is prominent.
  4. Example: Neem leaves
  1. In a palmately compound leaf, several leaflets are attached at a common point.
  2. Leaflets are attached at the tip of the petiole giving the appearance of the palm of the hand.
  3. The leaflet-bearing axis is very short and represents the tip of the petiole. It is not prominent.
  4. Example: Cotton leaves



Solution 4

Phyllotaxy is the pattern of arrangement of leaves on the stem or branch. This is of three types-alternate, opposite and whorled.

 i. Alternate arrangement of leaves: In alternate type of phyllotaxy, a single leaf arises at each node in an alternate manner. Examples: Hibiscus, mango, peepal

 ii. Opposite arrangement of leaves: In opposite type of phyllotaxy, a pair of leaves arises at each node and lies opposite to each other. Examples: Tulsi, guava


 iii. Whorled arrangement of leaves: If more than two leaves arise at a node and form a whorl, it is called whorled arrangement of leaves. Example: Alstonia


Morphology of Flowering Plants Exercise 83

Solution 5

a) Aestivation: The arrangement of accessory floral organs (sepals or petals) in relation to one another in the bud condition is known as aestivation. The main types of aestivation are valvate, twisted, imbricate and vexillary.

  1. Valvate: When sepals or petals in a whorl just touch one another at the margin, without overlapping, it is said to be valvate. Example: Calotropis
  2. Twisted: If one margin of the appendage overlaps that of the next one and so on, it is called twisted. Twisting may either be clockwise or anticlockwise. Examples: China rose, lady's finger, cotton
  3. Imbricate: If the margins of sepals or petals overlap one another but not in any particular direction as in Cassia and gulmohar, then the aestivation is called imbricate.
  4. Vexillary: In pea and bean flowers, there are five petals, the largest (standard) overlaps the two lateral petals (wings) which in turn overlap the two smallest anterior petals (keel); this type of aestivation is known as vexillary or papilionaceous.


b) Placentation: The distribution of placentae or ovule bearing cushions inside the ovary is known as placentation. The placentation is of different types-marginal, axile, parietal, basal, central and free central. 

  1. Marginal: In marginal placentation, the placenta forms a ridge along the ventral suture of the ovary and the ovules are borne on this ridge forming two rows. Example: Pea

  1. Axile: When the placenta is axial and the ovules are attached to it in a multilocular ovary, the placentation is said to be axile. Examples: China rose, tomato, lemon

  1. Parietal: In parietal placentation, the ovules develop on the inner wall of the ovary or on the peripheral part. The ovary is one-chambered, but it becomes two-chambered due to the formation of a false septum. Examples: Mustard, Argemone

  1. Free central: When the ovules are borne on the central axis and septa are absent, the placentation is called free central. Examples: Dianthus, Primrose

  1. Basal: In basal placentation, the placenta develops at the base of the ovary and a single ovule is attached to it. Examples: Sunflower, marigold

c) Actinomorphic: It is a flower which can be divided into two equal vertical halves by any vertical plane. Examples: Mustard, Datura, chilli

d) Zygomorphic: It is a flower which can be divided into two equal vertical halves by only one plane and has bilateral symmetry. Examples: Pea, gulmohar, bean

e) Superior ovary or hypogynous flower: In the hypogynous flower, the upper part of the thalamus is slightly swollen and forms a cushion-like disc. The gynoecium occupies the highest position, while the other parts are situated below it. The ovary in such flowers is said to be superior. Examples: Mustard, china rose, brinjal

f) Perigynous flower: If the gynoecium is situated in the centre and other parts of the flower are located on the rim of the thalamus almost at the same level, it is called perigynous. The ovary is said to be half inferior. Examples: Plum, rose, peach

g) Epipetalous stamen: It is a stamen which is borne over a petal instead of being inserted directly over the thalamus.  Example: Brinjal 

Solution 6

(a) Racemose and cymose inflorescences:



  1. The terminal growing point of the inflorescence axis continues to grow indefinitely.
  2. The inflorescence axis is monopodial.
  3. The number of flowers is not restricted in an inflorescence.
  4. The arrangement of flowers is acropetal and centripetal, i.e. the outer and the basal flowers are old and central or the upper flowers are young. 
  1. The terminal growing point of the inflorescence axis always terminates into a flower.
  2. The inflorescence axis is sympodial or multipodial.
  3. The number of flowers is usually restricted in an inflorescence.
  4. The arrangement of flowers is basipetal and centrifugal, i.e. the outer or the basal flowers are young and the central or upper flowers are old. 


(b) Fibrous and adventitious roots:

Fibrous root

Adventitious root

In monocotyledonous plants, the primary root is short lived and is replaced by a large number of roots. These roots originate from the base of the stem and constitute the fibrous root system. Example: Wheat

In some plants, roots arise from parts of the plant other than the radicle and are called adventitious roots. Examples: Grass, Monstera, banyan tree

(c) Apocarpous and syncarpous ovaries:


Apocarpous ovary

Syncarpous ovary

Apocarpous ovary means two or more carpels which are free. Examples: Lotus, rose

The syncarpous ovary means two or more carpels which are fused. Examples: Mustard, tomato


Solution 7

i. Gram seed:



ii. V.S. of maize seed:


Solution 8

Modifications of stem:

  1. Food storage: Stems are modified to perform different functions. Underground stems of potato, ginger, turmeric, zaminkand and Colocasia are modified to store food in them. They also act as organs of perennation to tide over conditions unfavourable for growth.
  2. Tendrils: Stem tendrils which develop from axillary buds are slender and spirally coiled and help plants to climb, such as in gourds (cucumber, pumpkins, watermelon) and grapevines.

  1. Thorns: Axillary buds of stems may also get modified into woody, straight and pointed thorns. Thorns are found in many plants such as Citrus and Bougainvillaea. They protect plants from browsing animals. Some plants of arid regions modify their stems into either flattened (Opuntia) or fleshy cylindrical (Euphorbia) structures. They contain chlorophyll and carry out photosynthesis.

  1. Vegetative reproduction: Underground stems of some plants, such as grass and strawberry, spread to new niches, and when older parts die, new plants are formed. In plants such as mint and jasmine, a slender lateral branch arises from the base of the main axis and after growing aerially for some time arch downwards to touch the ground. A lateral branch with short internodes and each node bearing a rosette of leaves and a tuft of roots is found in aquatic plants such as Pistia and Eichhornia. In banana, pineapple and Chrysanthemum, the lateral branches originate from the basal and underground portion of the main stem, grow horizontally beneath the soil and then come out obliquely upward giving rise to leafy shoots.

Solution 9

i. Fabaceae:

This family was earlier called Papilionoideae, a subfamily of family Leguminosae.

It is distributed all over the world.

Vegetative characters:

Trees, shrubs, herbs; root with root nodules

Stem: Erect or climber

Leaves: Alternate, pinnately compound or simple; leaf base, pulvinate; stipulate; venation reticulate

Floral characters:

Inflorescence: Racemose

Flower: Bisexual, zygomorphic

Calyx: Sepals five, gamosepalous; imbricate aestivation

Corolla: Petals five, polypetalous, papilionaceous, consisting of a posterior standard, two lateral wings, two anterior ones forming a keel (enclosing stamens and pistil), vexillary aestivation

Androecium: Stamens 10, diadelphous (i.e. 9 are fused into a tube and 1 is free), anther dithecous

Gynoecium: Ovary superior, monocarpellary, unilocular with many ovules, style single


Fruit: Legume

Seed: One to many, non-endospermic

Floral formula: 

Economic importance:

Many plants belonging to the family are sources of pulses (gram, arhar, moong, soyabean; edible oil (soyabean, groundnut); dye (Indigofera); fibres (sunhemp); fodder (Sesbania, Trifolium), ornamentals (lupin, sweet pea) and medicine (muliathi).

ii. Solanaceae

It is a large family, commonly called as the 'potato family'. It is widely distributed in tropics, subtropics and even temperate zones.

Vegetative characters:

Plants are mostly herbs, shrubs and small trees.

Stem: Herbaceous, rarely woody, aerial; erect, cylindrical, branched, solid or hollow, hairy or glabrous, underground stem in potato (Solanum tuberosum)

Leaves: Alternate, simple, rarely pinnately compound, exstipulate; venation reticulate

Floral Characters:

Inflorescence: Solitary, axillary or cymose as in Solanum

Flower: Bisexual, actinomorphic

Calyx: Sepals five, united, persistent, valvate aestivation


Corolla: Petals five, united; valvate aestivation

Androecium: Stamens five, epipetalous

Gynoecium: Bicarpellary, syncarpous; ovary superior, bilocular; placenta swollen with many ovules

Fruits: Berry or capsule

Seeds: Many, endospermous

Floral Formula: 

Economic importance:

Many plants belonging to this family are sources of food (tomato, brinjal, potato), spice (chilli); medicine (belladonna, ashwagandha); fumigatory (tobacco) and ornamentals (petunia).

Solution 10

Placentation: The distribution of placentae or ovule bearing cushions inside the ovary is known as placentation. The placentation is of different types-marginal, axile, parietal, basal, central and free central.

i. Marginal: In marginal placentation, a monocarpellary unilocular ovary bears ovules longitudinally along the ventral suture in one or two alternate rows.  Example: Pea

ii. Axile: In axile placentation, a syncarpous bilocular to multilocular ovary bears ovules on the central axile column where the septa meet.  Examples: China rose, tomato, lemon

iii. Parietal: In parietal placentation, a syncarpous, unilocular ovary bears two or more placentae longitudinally along the wall.  The ovary is one-chambered, but it becomes two-chambered due to the formation of a false septum. Examples: Mustard, Argemone

iv. Free central: In free central placentation, polycarpellary syncarpous but unilocular ovary bears locules around the central column which is not connected to the ovary wall. Examples: Dianthus, Primrose

v. Basal: When a unilocular ovary bears a single ovule from the basal region, it is called basal placentation. Examples: Sunflower, marigold


Solution 11

A flower is a condensed shoot which is specialised to take part in sexual reproduction of angiosperms. A typical flower has four different kinds of whorls arranged successively on the swollen end of the stalk or pedicel, called thalamus or receptacle. These are calyx, corolla, androecium and gynoecium. Calyx and corolla are accessory organs, while androecium and gynoecium are reproductive organs. In some flowers such as lily, the calyx and corolla are not distinct and are termed as perianth.

Parts of a flower:

Each flower normally has four floral whorls-calyx, corolla, androecium and gynoecium.

i. Calyx: The calyx is the outermost and the lowermost whorl of the flower. It consists of sepals which are green and leaf like. The major function of sepals is protection and support to other floral organs. 


ii. Corolla: Corolla is composed of petals which are brightly coloured flat leaf-like floral organs and lie inner to sepals and outside the stamens. Their function is to attract insects for pollination.   

iii. Androecium: The androecium is composed of stamens. Each stamen which represents the male reproductive organ consists of a stalk or a filament and an anther. Each anther is usually bilobed and each lobe has two chambers, the pollen sacs. The pollen grains are produced in pollen sacs. The stamens of the flower may be united with other members such as petals or among themselves.

iv. Gynoecium: The gynoecium is the female reproductive part of the flower and is made up of one or more carpels. A carpel consists of three parts, namely stigma, style and ovary. The ovary is the enlarged basal part, on which lies the elongated tube, the style. The style connects the ovary to the stigma. The stigma is usually at the tip of the style and is the receptive surface for pollen grains. Each ovary bears one or more ovules attached to a flattened, cushion-like placenta. When more than one carpel is present, they may be free (as in lotus and rose) and are called apocarpous. They are termed syncarpous when carpels are fused, as in mustard and tomato. After fertilisation, the ovules develop into seeds and the ovary matures into a fruit. 

Solution 12

Modifications of leaves:

Leaves are often modified to perform functions other than photosynthesis.

  1. Storage leaves: Some plants of saline and xerophytic habitats have fleshy and swollen leaves. These succulent leaves store water, mucilage or food materials. Examples: Aloe, Bryophyllum
  2. Tendrils: In some plants, the whole leaf or some part of it gets modified into a tendril. Tendrils are long, slender, wiry and coiled climbing organs which are very sensitive to touch and coil around a support with which they come in contact. Example: Pea plant
  3. Leaf spines: In some plants, the leaves or their parts are modified into spines. Spines protect the plants from grazing animals and reduce the loss of water by transpiration in xerophytic plants.
  4. Leaf hooks: In some plants, leaves are modified into hook-like structures and help the plant to climb. Example: Leaf spines of Asparagus act as hooks.
  5. Phylloclades: These are green-coloured leaf-like modifications of petioles or rachis. The phylloclade performs photosynthesis and reduces the loss of water by transpiration. Example: Australian Acacia. 

Solution 13

The arrangement of flowers on the floral axis is termed as inflorescence. Depending on whether the apex gets converted into a flower or continues to grow, the two major types of inflorescences are defined as racemose and cymose.

 i. Racemose inflorescence: In the racemose type of inflorescence, the main axis continues to grow. The flowers are borne laterally in acropetal succession which means that older flowers are at the base and younger flowers are near the apex.

 ii. Cymose inflorescence: In the cymose type of inflorescence, the main axis terminates in a flower; hence, the growth is limited. The flowers are borne in a basipetal order where the older flowers are at the apex and the younger flowers are near the base.


Solution 14



Solution 15

There are three types of arrangement of floral members in relation to their insertion on the thalamus:

i. Hypogynous flower: In hypogynous flowers, the ovary lies over the tip of a conical or convex thalamus, while stamens, petals and sepals lie successively below it. The ovary is superior, while all other floral organs are inferior.   

ii. Perigynous flower: In perigynous flowers, the thalamus is expanded on the periphery to become disc-like or flask-shaped. The ovary lies in the centre but is not fused with the thalamus. The ovary can be considered superior or half-inferior.   


iii. Epigynous flower: In epigynous flowers, the ovary is embedded in the thalamus. Only style and stigma are observable. The ovary is inferior, while all other parts are superior. Example: Sun flower