National Geographic : 2002 Jul
ORYZASATIVA The grass family of angiosperms This plant joins 19,000 is widely consid- species in a family ered the most marked by inflores vital to humans. cences,bunches It includes not of flowers only rice but also clustered iNSECTVANESSACARUI all other cerealsrose f of early plant stem. 02,000 species, some, such domestication, pea , BS blackberries, provide fruit. including corn, QanEdCUSROBUR pped symmetrical flowers. po t-\ Pollinated by wind, the oak's wheat, and oats. INSECT: VANE SSA C CATTLE 'FABIA' flowers gw in lg RFLY) Poster child for mono cots, orchids boast 24,000 species and sc 60,000 registered hybrids. With far RUBUS LACINIATUS more diversity p and specialized pollination meth ods than any other flowering plant,g n.c orchids sometimes 1 even resemble these insects that polli nate tail. A female flower, left,them. matures into an acorn, the trees fruit's 2,000 species, some, such as apples, peaches, and blackberries, provide fruit. Many grow thorns and have OUERCUSROBUR . upped symmetrical flowers. Pollinated by wind, the oak's flowers grow in long bunches, or catkins, said to resemble } F a cat's tail. A female flower, left, . matures into an acorn, the tree's fruit.