Special characteristics of plants A plant has all the features of organisms listed above and, in addition most plants have the following special plant characteristics : • Plants can photosynthesize (capture light energy and make organic compounds from inorganic materials), which makes them different but not unique—a few other organisms also are photosynthetic, such as some algae and bacteria. • In the life cycle of plants there is an alternation of generations in which two genetically different plant bodies alternate: a haploid gametophyte alternates with a diploid sporophyte . • Plants develop from embryos , immature sporophytes formed by a fusion of egg and sperm cells, supported by nonreproductive gametophytic tissue. • Plants have indeterminate growth . While animals reach a certain size and stop growing, plant cells in their meristematic tissues
This is the end of the preview.
access the rest of the document.