Comparing Monocots and Dicots Coloring KEY

Original Document: Comparing Monocots and Dicots

Both monocot and dicot seeds develop in similar ways and have the same parts. There are a few minor differences: monocots start out with one seed leaf, while dicots have two. The technical word for seed leaf is cotyledon: you can find it on the coloring sheet; it is the first leaf to emerge from a developing seed. Color all the cotyledons (A) on the seeds dark green. As a seed, both monocots and dicots are covered by a seed coat. Color the seed coat (B) ....text abbreviated


1. Give two examples of plants that are monocots. _grasses, wheat, corn
2. Give two examples of plants that are dicots. ___maples, oaks, magnolias (most flowering plants are dicots)____
3. What is a cotyledon? ______seed leaf___________
4. What is the radicle? _________part of seed that becomes root_______
5. What is the coleoptile? ___sheath that encloses and protects the growing root__
6. What is the function of the endosperm? __source of food___

7. Fill out the table below.

Number of Seed Leaves Type of Leaf Venation Number of Flower Parts Type of Roots Example
Monocot 1 parallel occur in 3's fibrous corn
Dicot 2 net-like 4-5 petals tap root maple

8. An unknown plant is brought to you and your job is to determine whether it is a monocot or a dicot. You observe that the plant has 6 petals and its leaves have parallel veins. Is it a monocot or a dicot? Monocot

COLORING - This is a key, see Monocot and Dicot Coloring Main page for the uncolored version