‘Tis the season for jolly party games and Dr M is proud to present the World eXclusive botanical party game: eXtreme Carpology: seeds, fruits and flowers!
Now is your chance to test your botanical and carpological skill!
There are 16 flowers (A-P), and there are sixteen petri-dishes of seeds or fruits (i-xvi).
Do take time to admire them, they are all beautiful!
So how do you go about the quiz?
Step 1: identify the flowers – to family will help a lot, different plant families have characteristic seeds and fruits.
OK first things first, what’s the different between seeds and fruits?
A seed is basically a ripened ovule with seed coat, while a fruit is a structure (simple or complex) made up of variously modified plant parts enclosing the seeds (there are many types of fruit e.g. achenes, berries, capsules, mericarps, nuts etc):
For example, the Apiaceae (Carrot family) has a schizocarp (a dry fruit) which splits into paired mericarps each often flattened and variously ornamented with spines, hooks, oil glands etc.
Poaceae (Grass family) has a spikelet with a pair of glumes and lemma and palea subtending the male and female floral parts and caryopsis (which is the grass “seed”).
Step 2: Match the seeds/fruits with each flower.
Step 3: Check the answers and calculate your score – keep this in a safe place it is your CCI – your official Carpological Capability Index!
The flowers (A-P) click on the image to see more floriferous detail:
The fruits/seeds (1-16) click on the image to see more carpological detail:
The answers: Play the game then check for the answers here!
So, how did you do?
1-5: Carpologically challenged!
6-10: Carpologically creditable!
11-16: Carpological champion!
Dr M is working on an automated version which will calculate your score, but this is challenging his technical abilities and he wanted to share at least this version sooner rather than later!
eXtreme Carpology rules OK!