How to label the parts of a flower

Label the parts of a flower easily by examining the flower closely. Most of us glance at a flower and see it as one whole. We do not see the many parts that make up the flower. Once you have taken the time to examine it closely, the many small parts that make up the reproductive organs of the plant in the flower become very easy to identify in most species. Finding and labelling flower parts need no expertise when using the guide below to assist you.

Sketch or print out a simple flower so that you have something to label. Use a close up view of a flower that clearly shows a stem, petals, a pistil and a stamen. Pistil and stamen refers to the overall female and male reproductive organs of a flower. Find these at the centre of the flower. Additionally, be sure that a portion of the stem shows in your photograph or diagram.

Label the parts of a flower by labelling the pistil, or female, parts of the flower. On most flowers, you can find this bulbous shaped tube at the very centre of the flower. Locate or sketch it. Label the entire tube as the pistil.

The pistil has three parts. Label the bottom, lower, bulbous part the ovary. Label the tube coming up from the ovary, the style. Label the uppermost portion at the top of the pistil where often sticky material can be found, the stigma.

Label the stamen, or male, parts of the flower. Find or sketch these thinner, multiple parts adjacent to the pistil. Label the bottom part of the stamen that supports the larger top, the filament. Label the top portion where the pollen is located, the anther.

Locate the petals of the flower. Petals come in all shapes, sizes, colours and scents in order to attract insects that help with pollination. Label these colourful parts of the flower the petals.

Beneath the petals, where stamen, pistil and petals all join the stem, find the sepal. Once the flower opens, the sepal looks like multiple little green mini leaves around the base of the flower. Label the sepal.

Beneath the sepal is the peduncle, or stem. Label this supporting, nutrient bringing part of the flower the peduncle, or stem.

Things You'll Need

  • Close up photograph, diagram or sketch of a flower
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Elizabeth Stover, an 18 year veteran teacher and author, has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Maryland with a minor in sociology/writing. Stover earned a masters degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas, Arlington and continues to work on a masters in Educational Leadership from University of North Texas. Stover was published by Creative Teaching Press with the books "Science Tub Topics" and "Math Tub Topics."