Sepal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Petal-sepal.jpg

Sepals are one of the four basic parts of a flower. They are found below the petals.

The sepals are often small and green. Some flowers do not have petals. Then the sepals may be big and colorful. In some flowers, the petals and sepals look the same. They are both called tepals.

All the sepals together are called calyx or 'flower cup'. The number of sepals is different for different flowers. Both petals and sepals surround the reproductive parts inside the flower. The term for sepals plus petals is the perianth.

The main job of the sepals is to keep the flower safe before it opens. At first, the flower bud sits inside the sepals, then the flower opens and sits on the sepals.

References[change | change source]