|THE EDIBLE PLANTS IN VIETNAM||
Edited by Ho Dinh Hai
Long An - Vietnam
Seed Leaf of Monocots
Monocots have only one seed leaf inside the seed coat. It is often only a thin leaf, because the endosperm to feed the new plant is not inside the seed leaf.
When a monocot seed germinates, it produces a single leaf. It is usually long and narrow, like the adult leaf. Even when it is quite a round shape, there is only one seed leaf in a monocot.
Seed Leaves of Dicots
Dicots have two seed leaves inside the seed coat. They are usually rounded and fat, because they contain the endosperm to feed the embryo plant.
When a dicot germinates, it produces two seedleaves. They contain the food for the new plant, so they are usually fatter than the true leaves. The first true leaves are often a different shape.