Flower symmetry

Bilateral

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Viola pedata
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The flower can only be divided symmetrically along one axis, like a violet, orchid, or pea; one side is the mirror image of the other side. If the flower is nodding, determine the symmetry from the opening of the flower, from the point of view of the pollinator which would enter it. Flowers that have only one stamen or carpel, but no petals or sepals, are included in this group.

Radial

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Lygodesmia texana
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The flower can be divided symmetrically along several or many axes such as a buttercup or daisy. If the flower is nodding, determine the symmetry from the opening of the flower, from the point of view of the pollinator which would enter it.