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A Introduction to Plants Plants grow in almost every part of the world Without plants there could be no life on the earth People could not live without air or food The food that we eat comes from plants or from animals that eat plants Much of our clothing is made from the fibers of a cotton plant Scientists believe that there are over 260000 species of plants but no one knows really for sure Many scientists divide all living things into five main groups called kingdoms These kingdoms are 1 Plants 2 Animals 3 Fungi 4 Protists and 5 Monerans They group them in this fashion because the organisms share some same characteristics The similar characteristics involved are physical appearance ways of getting food and their way of reproduction Plants in comparison have many traits that divide them from other living things All plants develop from tiny form of the plant called an embryo Monerans protists and fungisuch as molds and mushroomsdo not develop from embryos Plants also get food in different ways more different then most other organisms Most plants make their own food from air sunlight and water by a process called photosynthesis In contrast fungi cannot produce their own food They receive the minerals they need from the animals plants and other things Unlike plants animals also cannot make their own food but most animals can move around and find it This paragraph provides the general information it takes to understand plants in a sense It explains why plants are important to people and describes the major groups of plants and how they live B The Study of Botany Botany is the study of all the many types and forms of plants and plant life belong to the Included to this study of plants also includes trees shrubs vines flowers grasses and a number of unknown plants Botany also involves the structures and functions of plant parts plant genes
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