For many people it may be obvious that talking about flowers is not the same as talking about trees, however, in this article we will point out the definitions of each of them and then present the fundamental differences that exist between these two concepts.
Trees are generally large plants that have as a differentiating characteristic the presence of a woody trunk, which branches at a certain height from the ground. Unlike shrubs, trees have the ability to produce secondary branches annually.
Likewise, they are perennial plants (plants that can live more than two years) and are also essential for human and animal life, because they have the ability to release oxygen from the synthesis of carbon dioxide that they absorb from the environment. . Thus, they help moderate temperature, protect ecosystems, produce food and reduce soil erosion.
There are countless varieties of trees, some are large and can have a life of more than a hundred years and others are smaller and can have a life of less than five years. In any case, the criteria that are evaluated for a plant to be considered a tree are the type of trunk and the production of branches.
For example : The apple tree, the sequoia and the saman are types of trees.
To begin with, the flower is defined as the reproductive organ of the plant, its fundamental objective is to produce gametes, which are the sexual cells in charge of reproduction. The flowers are generally composed of colorful leaves, from which the fruit is produced. Flowers are used as a decorative element par excellence, due to their visual beauty and their ability to aromatize the environment with various fragrances that are attractive to the nose.
The importance of flowers lies in the fact that they are the element that enables the reproduction of many plant species, however, this circumstance could hardly be carried out without the presence of insects that perch on them looking for food.
Flowers are complex organisms that are classified as follows:
1) According to their disposition, they can be solitary or forming inflorescences.
2) Depending on the symmetry, they can be zygomorphic (bilateral symmetry), actinomorphic (radial symmetry) or asymmetric.
3) Depending on the separation of the sepals, they can be separated (dialisépalas) or united (gamosépalas) and depending on the separation of the petals, they can also be separated (dialipétalas) or together (gamopetalas).
For example : Roses, tulips, and lilies are different types of flowers.
In attention to what was previously stated, the following differences between trees and flowers are presented:
- Trees are types of plants while flowers are part of a plant, therefore trees can contain flowers.
- The trees have a robust and woody stem while the flowers have a simple stem and it is not woody.
- The trees are more resistant than the flowers because they are perennial, that is, they last more than two years, while the flowers have a short life, approximately between a week and a month.
- The roots of the trees are deep and thick while the flowers lack roots because they are a part of the plant, which in this case is the one with the root.