Plant Structure, Function, and Use


What are the advantages of seed dormancy?

While a seed is dormant—when growth and development do not occur—this is the time for the dispersal of seeds. Thus, the plant can send its seeds into new environments because the dormancy assures survival. Seeds remain dormant until the optimum conditions of temperature, oxygen, and moisture are available for germination and further development.

This simple seed diagram shows the a) seedcoat, b) endosperm, c) cotyledons, and d) embryo.


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