Here are the answers to the quiz on daffodils that was posted last week:
- What is the main purpose of the stigma?
The stigma is the part of the flower that collects and germinates pollen. The pollen sticks to the stigma, so ‘sticky stigma’ is a good way to remember its purpose.
- 2. Why is the anther such a vital part of the stamen?
The anther is the part of the flower that produces the pollen. The anther presents the pollen in the best possible way for it to be carried away by the wind or insects, depending on the plant’s method of pollination. Without the anther and stigma, pollination would not be possible.
- 3. What are the two main purposes of the roots?
a) The roots anchor the flower in place (without roots it would simply blow away in the wind).
b) The roots also suck up water and nutrients to feed the plant.
- 4. Which charity adopted the daffodil as its official emblem in 1986?
- 5. The daffodil is a national emblem of Wales. It has a similar name, in the Welsh language (Cenhinen Pedr), to a vegetable that is also a Welsh emblem. What is that vegetable?
- 6. The artist, Navdeep Kular, has produced paintings of daffodils in vases and jugs. He invariably paints the vases and jugs one particular colour. What is that colour?
- 7. Why do you think Navdeep Kular uses this colour for his vases and jugs, when painting daffodils?
Blue is a complementary colour to the yellow of the daffodils, so it makes the daffodils stand out.
- 8. Which county cricket team has the daffodil on its badge?
- 9. The ‘New Baby’ daffodil is a miniature variety of daffodil. If you planted some New Baby daffodils, how many flowers would you expect to get per bulb?
You will usually get three to four flowers for every New Baby bulb.
- 10. Which former English Prime Minister has a species of daffodil named after him?
Sir Winston Churchill.
Turn your daffodil blue (or red…or any colour that you wish really!)
Here’s a five minute science experiment that is great fun and will help you to really understand one of the functions of roots; to suck up water.
Simply dig up one daffodil plant (complete with bulb and roots) and place it in a glass of water, Then add a food colouring of your choice (if you add red, then it will turn your daffodil red, if you add black, it will turn your daffodil black etc…)
As the roots suck up the food colouring, the colour will stain the daffodil and show you exactly how the water is being sucked up by the plant. It won’t happen instantly, but you can observe over two or three days and this will prove to you how the daffodil manages to suck up the water!