Introduction to Asexual Reproduction in Plants

Describe plants that reproduce asexually

Many plants are able to propagate themselves using asexual reproduction. This method does not require the investment required to produce a flower, attract pollinators, or find a means of seed dispersal. Asexual reproduction produces plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant because no mixing of male and female gametes takes place. Traditionally, these plants survive well under stable environmental conditions when compared with plants produced from sexual reproduction because they carry genes identical to those of their parents.

What You’ll Learn to Do

  • Describe characteristics of plants that reproduce asexually
  • Discuss the mechanisms, advantages, and disadvantages of natural and artificial asexual reproduction
  • Discuss plant life spans

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include the following:

  • Asexual Plants
  • Natural and Artificial Asexual Reproduction
  • Plant Life Spans
  • Self Check: Asexual Reproduction in Plants


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