to look closely is one of the most important skills for a scientist
and an artist. Did you know that when your great-grandparents were
in school they learned how to identify plants by first learning
about plant families? Each member of a plant family
of flowers. And each family is a little bit different.
The tulip is in the lily family. This family’s proper name is Liliaceae (pronounced
are flowers alike in
the tulip family?
all have six petals and six sepals
(called the perianth)
all have six stamens,
- stigma is
generally three-lobed, or three separate stigmas bound together
generally three-chambered pods or berries in the ovary
spring learn a botany lesson out in the garden!
Diagram of a flower
study the diagram of a
flower and learn each flower part’s name.
go outside into the garden and look closely
at your tulip flowers.
Sketch the tulip flowers in your journal. Include
all the flower parts you see and label your drawing. Have your teacher
use a knife to cross-section the seed capsule. Does it have 3
This! Keep Looking and Sketching
your journal close at hand this spring and sketch other flowers to
compare with the tulip.