How to label the parts of a tulip flower

Written by nicole ramage
How to label the parts of a tulip flower
The parts of a tulip are easy to identify. (pink tulip image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

Labelling the parts of a flower, such as a tulip, is easy when you see how each part looks. Each element of a flower performs a special function so that the flower can bloom and sometimes reproduce.

How to label the parts of a tulip flower
The petals form a colourful cup. (tulip 2 image by Nikita Mironov from Fotolia.com)

Look at the whole flower. The long, green stem from which the tulip grows is the stalk. The leaves are green, long and pointed. The petals, forming a cup at the top, come in nearly every colour imaginable.

How to label the parts of a tulip flower
These green outer petals protect the petals inside. (tulip bud image by Marek Chalupnik from Fotolia.com)

At the base of the blossom are almond-shaped mini-leaves that can be green or splashed with the colour of the blossom. These are sepals, which protect the flower when it is a bud.

How to label the parts of a tulip flower
The thicker yellow part is called the pistol. (tulip image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Inside the flower is a small, stemlike piece, the pistol, from which pollen travels. At the base of this part is a bulbous shape, or ovary, where pollen is produced. The very top part of the pistol is called the stigma, which traps the pollen until it is ready to be released.

How to label the parts of a tulip flower
The yellow powder is pollen on the anther. (tulip image by Dr.Szirmai János from Fotolia.com)

Inside the flower are also "stems" called stamen. The bulbous top part of the stamen is called the anther. This is the part of the flower to which bees are attracted. Pollen is gathered here.

Tip

Tulips are part of the lily family.

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  • Tulips are part of the lily family.
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