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Whats the meaning of morphology of plants?

Postby sdotz » Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:48 pm

Whats the meaning of morphology of plants?
I looked at my books glossary, but it doesnt have the definition.
Its in the context of
"The basic morphology of vascular plants reflects their evolutionary history as terrestrial organisms that inhabit and draw resources from two very different environments-below-ground and above-ground"
Thanks in advance!!! :D
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Postby Terry K. » Tue Dec 06, 2005 2:02 am

Morphology in plants deals with the evolutionary advancements of the plants to protect themselves. Some plants have secondary compounds, which are toxic to the herbivore partaking of it. Others have such things as hairs that grow on it that disturb the herbivore when it goes to partake of the plant. Even some others, like poison ivy, have secreting oils that cause chemical reactions on the skin, which I believe is also in the category of a secondary compound, but don't take my word on that one unless you can verify it. That's basically what morphology of plants is. Well, hope I helped.
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Postby mith » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:11 am

In short, the form and structures of the plant...i.e. things terry described
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Postby Terry K. » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:40 pm

haha, very lol, I don't know how to keep things simple, sorry
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Postby freshbiology » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:34 pm

To keep things simple: One of the definitions....
Morphology is the external from and appearance of a plant. Its the morphology that helps us distinguish plants. Rose has a different morphology than a sunflower plant and so on.
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Postby AstusAleator » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:07 pm

size, shape, appearance
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Postby Michaelguan » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:38 am

"The basic morphology of vascular plants reflects their evolutionary history as terrestrial organisms that inhabit and draw resources from two very different environments-below-ground and above-ground"

Generally, morphology means size, shape, and something you can see directly, and as you said in this sentence,
I think it means the structure of the organs (such as palisade cell) , which you can see them by microscope.
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Postby gazmit » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:45 am

Plant morphology or phytomorphology is the study of the physical form and external structure of plants. This is usually considered distinct from plant anatomy, which is the study of the internal structure of plants, especially at the microscopic level. Plant morphology is useful in the identification of plants.
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