Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th Concise Selina Biology Solutions

Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th Concise Selina Biology Solutions Chapter-2 . We Provide Step by Step Answer of Objective, True False , Fill in the blanks , Match the following , Short/Long Answer Type of Exercise-2 Reproduction in Plants. Visit official Website  CISCE  for detail information about ICSE Board Class-8.

Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th Concise Selina Biology Solutions Chapter -2


Multiple Choice Questions:


1. Put a tick mark (✓) against the correct alternative in the following statements

(a) Pollen is produced in the:

  1. Filament
  2. Style
  3. Pistil
  4. Anther



(b) Reproductive whorls of a flower are:

  1. Stamens and carpels
  2. Sepals and petals
  3. Sepals and stamens
  4. Petals and carpels


Stamens and carpels

(c) Grafting is a method of:

  1. Artificial vegetative propagation
  2. Sexual reproduction
  3. Artificial pollination
  4. Cross-pollination



Artificial vegetative propagation

(d) Which one of the following is a false fruit ?

  1. Tomato
  2. Apple
  3. Potato
  4. Pea



Short Answer Questions Chapter-2  Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th 

Question 1.

Write two ways in which pollination may occur in plants.
The two ways in which pollination may occur in plants are:
(a) Self-pollination.
(b) Cross-pollination.

Question 2.

Name the three agents of pollination.
The three agents of pollination are:
(a) Insect
(b) Wind
(c) Water

Question 3.

Give two features of flowers which favour pollination by insects.
Specialities of insect-pollinated flowers:
(a) These flowers are large with coloured petals to attract insects.
(b) These are scented so that insects locate the flowers by smell.

Question 4.

Name two characteristics of flowers in which pollination occur by wind.
Special features of wind-pollinated flowers:
(a) They produce light pollen so that it is easily carried away.
(b) They produce a large quantity of pollen.


Question 5.

What is a “false fruit” ? Give one example:
In false fruits the base of the flowers (thalamus) becomes the main fleshy part of the fruit, while the ovary remains a small central part containing seeds. Example: Apple and Pear.

Question 6.

Name any three agencies for dispersal of seeds.
a. Wind
b. Water
c. Man and animals, birds, bats, squirrels.

Question 7. Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th 

Fill in the blanks by selecting suitable words:
(unisexual, fertilisation, fruit, stamen, anther, bisexual, pollination, seed, ovary)
a. A flower that bears both the male and the female parts is known as …………….flower.

A flower that bears both the male and the female parts is known as bisexual flower.

b. A flower bearing only male or female parts is known as ………. flower.

A flower bearing only male or female parts is known as unisexual flower

c. Transfer of pollen grains from the anther to the stigma is known as ……….

Transfer of pollen grains from the anther to the stigma is known as pollination.


d. Fusion of male cell with the female cell is called ………..

Fusion of male cell with the female cell is called fertilisation.

e. The ovule develops into a ………..

The ovule develops into a seed.

f. The ovary of the flower develops into a ……….

The ovary of the flower develops into a fruit.

Long Answer Questions: Reproduction in Plants ICSE Class-8th 

Question 1.

What is vegetative reproduction?
Vegetative reproduction: In this method, new plants are produced by the vegetative parts of the plants. The vegetative part mean the leaf, stem and root. Potato, mint, ginger, banana etc. are reproduced by this method.
Vegetative propagation can occur by natural methods as well as by artificial methods.
Natural method includes reproduction by stem, by roots and by leaves.
Artificial method include reproduction by cutting, layering, grafting and tissue culture.

Question 2.

Briefly explain why a gardener prefers to grow certain plants vegetatively?
Gardener prefer to grow certain plants by vegetative method. The advantages in doing so are as follows:

  1. Reproduction by vegetative parts takes place in a shorter time.
  2. New plants, thus produced, spread very fast in a small area.
  3. It is a surer method.
  4. All the characters of the mother plant are retained by the daughter plants.

Question 3.

Why is it disadvantageous to grow plants vegetatively?
It is disadvantageous to grow plants vegetatively because of following:

  1. As all plants developed by vegetative propagation are identical, they are likely to be affected simultaneously if a disease spreads in the farm.
  2. Dispersal of plants does not take place on its own. Daughter plants, so developed, tend to remain nearby and are restricted to a particular area leading to competition for resources.

Question 4.

What is meant by pollination? Explain the structure of germinating pollen grain with the help of a labelled diagram.


Pollination is the process in which the pollen grains from the anthers are transferred to the stigma.

Structure of the pollen grain:

After pollination pollen grains are deposited on the stigma of the carpel. Under suitable conditions pollen grains produce a tube known as pollen tube. This tube grows down through the stigma and style towards the ovary.

Structure of the pollen grain

The nucleus of the pollen grains divides by mitosis and forms two male gametes. The tip of the pollen tube after entering ovary discharges the two male gametes into the embryo sac.
One of the male gametes fuses with the egg to form the zygote. This fusion is called fertilization. Another male gamete fuses with the diploid secondary nucleus and forms the endosperm, a food storing tissue.

Question 5.

Imagine all the seeds produced by a plant happen to fall under the same plant and sprout into new plants. Mention any two problems that will be faced by the new plants. –
If all the seeds produced by a plant happen to fall under the same plant and sprout into new plants then in this situation plants will face the following problems:

  1. A large number of plants will grow in a small limited space. The water and the minerals available to them in the soil will be limited.
  2. The air surrounding them will not be enough and less sunshine will be available to them. As a result, most of these sprouted plants will die.

Question 6.

What is a flower ? Draw a neat labelled diagram showing the L.S. of a typical flower.
A flower is a reproductive part of a plant. It helps in sexual reproduction as it has male parts and female parts. A fully opened flower has the following parts:

L.S. of a typical flower.

Stalk—A flower is attached to the shoot by means of stalk or pedicel stalk. The tip of the stalk is swollen or flattened. This is called torus or thalamus or receptacle.
The different parts of a flower are inserted on the thalamus. There are usually four whorls as

Calyx (Sepals)
Corolla (Petals)
Androecium (stamens)
Gynoecium (Carpels) Present on the thalamus

Sepals (Calyx):

These are the outermost part of the flower. These are leaf like and green in colour. This is the outer covering of the flower and form outer whorl in a flower. The Calyx (sepals) enclose the inner parts of the flower when it is a bud. It is protective in function.

Corolla (Petals):

Petals form the second whorl inner to the sepals. These are usually coloured, gaudy, or white in colour and scented and give sweet smell. The value of a flower is due to the attractive colour of the petals. These attract the insects for pollination.

Stamens (Androecium):

The third whorls inner to the petals are stamens. This third whorl is called Androecium. These are the male parts of the flower. Each stamen is formed of a long narrow, hair like structure called filament. On its tip it bears, a rounded broad sac like structure called anther. Each anther has two anther lobes. Each anther lobe has two pollen sacs which have powdery mass called pollen grains.

Carpels (Gynoecium):

Carpels are the inner most or fourth whorl in a flower. It is lodged on the thalamus and forms the female part of a flower. This whorl of carpels is called gynoecium. Each carpel or pistil has three parts.
(a) The lower most, swollen part is ovary. It is attached to the thalamus.
(b) The middle part is style which is narrow, thread like.
(c) Stigma: The style ends in a knob like, rounded structure which is sticky in nature to receive the pollen grains.
The ovaries contain ovules which later turn into seeds after fertilization and the ovary wall forms the fruit sometimes the thalamus also becomes a part of the fruit as in apple.

Question 7.

Write short notes on the following:
(a) Micro propagation
(b) Bryophyllum
(c) Vegetative reproduction
(d) Grafting

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