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    Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the largest phylum in the plant kingdom (Angiospermophyta is also called Anthophyta or Magnoliophyta). These plants have true roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. The roots grow into the soil to anchor the plant in place and take up water and nutrients. The leaves are above ground and act as the main organs for photosynthesis. Stems provide above ground support for the plant and operate as conduits to move nutrients and water throughout the plant. Flowers contain the male and female reproductive organs of the plant.

    With these anatomical features in mind, do research to find an angiosperm that has modified leaves, stems, roots, or flowers that do not function in the normal manner, or that function in an unusual manner. Identify the angiosperm. Example: A California Barrel Cactus has spines in place of leaves to reduce water loss.
    Explain how this structural modification helped the plant adapt to its environment. Make sure the plant you choose is an angiosperm. For example, plants such as pine trees, mosses, and ferns are not angiosperms.

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    The Venus Flytrap is an angiosperm:
    * Kingdom Plantae
    * Division Anthophyta (flowering plants)
    * Class Magnoliopsida (primitive flowering plants)
    * Subclass Dilleniidae
    * Order Nepenthales
    * Family Droseraceae Salisb.
    * Genus Dionaea
    * Species ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution describes an angiosperm that has modified roots, stems, leaves, or flowers that do not function in the usual manner. It includes its classification, what modification it has, and the reason it has this modification.