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How can one differentiate between complete and incomplete flowers?

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If a flower has petals, sepals, a pistil and stamens, it is a complete flower. Sepals are green, leaf-like protrusions underneath the petals or around the bud. The pistil is a club-shaped structure in the middle of the flower, and stamens are narrow stalks around the pistil that release pollen.

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Incomplete flowers are missing one or more of the essential structures. Each of the four main parts has a function. The petals attract birds or insects to help with pollination. The sepals protect the bud while it is forming. The pistil holds the ovule that grows into a seed. The stamen produces and releases pollen to fertilize the ovule.

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