Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

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Chapter 3 Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

Systems of Biological classification:

1. Artificial classification systems
♦ Earliest systems of classification.
♦ They were based on vegetative characters or superficial morphological characters such as habit, colour, number and shape of leaves, etc.
♦ Linnaeus’s artificial system of classification was based on the androecium structure.

♦ They separated the closely related species since they were based on a few characteristics.
♦ Equal weightage to vegetative and sexual characteristics. This is not acceptable since the vegetative characters are more easily affected by environment.

2. Natural classification systems
♦ These are based on natural affinities among organisms.
♦ It considers external features and internal features (ultrastructure, anatomy, embryology & phytochemistry).
♦ E.g. Classification for flowering plants given by George Bentham & Joseph Dalton Hooker.

3. Phylogenetic classification systems
♦ It is based on evolutionary relationships among organisms.
♦ This assumes that organisms in the same taxa have a common ancestor.

Other sources to resolve the problems in classification:
Numerical Taxonomy:
It is based on all observable characteristics. It is easily carried out using computers. Number & codes are assigned to all the characters and the data are processed. Thus, hundreds of characters can be equally considered.
Cytotaxonomy: It is based on cytological information like chromosome number, structure, behaviour etc.
Chemotaxonomy: It uses chemical constituents of plants

♦ Algae are simple, thalloid, autotrophic, chlorophyll- bearing and aquatic (fresh water & marine) organisms
♦ They also occur in moist stones, soils and wood.
♦ Some occur in association with fungi (lichen) and animals (e.g., on sloth bear).
♦ The form and size of algae is highly variable.
a. Microscopic unicellular forms: E.g. Chlamydomonas.
b. Colonial forms: E.g. Volvox.
c. Filamentous forms: E.g. Ulothrix and Spirogyra.

a. Vegetative reproduction: By fragmentation Each fragment develops into a thallus
b. Asexual reproduction:
By the production of spores. E.g.zoospores (most common). They are flagellated (motile) and on germination gives rise to new plants.
c. Sexual reproduction:
Through fusion of two gametes. It is many types:

Isogamous: Fusion of gametes similar in size. They may be flagellated (e.g. Ulothrix) or non- flagellated (non-motile, e.g. Spirogyra)
♦ Anisogamous: Fusion of two gametes dissimilar in size.
E.g. Some species of Eudorina.
Oogamous: Fusion between one large, non-motile (static) female gamete and a smaller, motile male gamete. E.g. Volvox, Fucus.

Benefits of algae:
♦ Through photosynthesis, they fix half of the total CO2 on earth and increase the level of dissolved oxygen.
♦ They are primary producers and the basis of the food cycles of all aquatic animals.
♦ Many marine algae (70 species) are used as food. E.g. Porphyra, Laminaria and Sargassum
♦ Agar (from Gelidium & Gracilaria) is used to grow microbes and in ice-creams and jellies.
♦ Some marine brown & red algae produce hydrocolloids (water holding substances). E.g. algin (brown algae) and carrageen (red algae). These are used commercially.
♦ Protein-rich unicellular algae like Chlorella & Spirullina are used as food supplements by space travellers.

Algae include 3 classes: Chlorophyceae, Phaeophyceae and Rhodophyceae.

1. Chlorophyceae (green algae)
♦ Unicellular, colonial or filamentous.
♦ They are usually grass green due to the pigments chlorophyll a and b in chloroplasts.
♦ The chloroplasts may be discoid, plate-like, reticulate, cup-shaped, spiral or ribbon-shaped in different species.
♦ Most of them have one or more pyrenoids (storage bodies) located in the chloroplasts. Pyrenoids contain protein besides starch.
♦ Some algae store food as oil droplets
♦ They have a rigid cell wall made of an inner layer of cellulose and an outer layer of pectose.
♦ E.g. Chlamydomonas, Volvox, Ulothrix, Spirogyra & Chara.

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

a. Vegetative reproduction: By fragmentation or by formation of different types of spores.
b. Asexual reproduction: By flagellated zoospores produced in zoosporangia.
c. Sexual reproduction: Isogamous, anisogamous or oogamous.

2. Phaeophyceae (brown algae)
♦ They are mostly marine forms.
♦ They show great variation in size & form. They range from simple branched, filamentous forms (E.g. Ectocarpus) to profusely branched forms (e.g. kelps- 100 m in height).
♦ They have chlorophyll a, c, carotenoids & xanthophylls.
♦ They vary in colour from olive green to brown depending upon the amount of a xanthophyll pigment, fucoxanthin.
♦ Food is stored as complex carbohydrates (laminarin or mannitol).
♦ The vegetative cells have a cellulosic wall covered by a gelatinous coating of algin.
♦ Protoplast contains plastids, central vacuole and nucleus.
♦ Plant body is attached to substratum by a holdfast, and has a stalk (stipe) and leaf like photosynthetic organ (frond).
♦ E.g. Ectocarpus, Dictyota, Laminaria, Sargassum & Fucus. 

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a. Vegetative reproduction: By fragmentation.
b. Asexual reproduction: By pear-shaped biflagellate zoospores (have 2 unequal laterally attached flagella).
c. Sexual reproduction: Isogamous, anisogamous or oogamous. Union of gametes occurs in water or within the oogonium (oogamous species). Gametes are pear-shaped (pyriform) bearing 2 laterally attached flagella.

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

3. Rhodophyceae (red algae)
♦ They have a red pigment, r-phycoerythrin.
♦ Majority are marine especially in the warmer areas.
♦ They occur in both well-lighted regions close to the surface of water and at great depths in oceans where relatively little light penetrates.
♦ The red thalli of most of the red algae are multicellular.
♦ Some of them have complex body organisation.
♦ The food is stored as floridean starch which is very similar to amylopectin and glycogen in structure.
♦ E.g. Polysiphonia, Porphyra, Gracilaria and Gelidium.

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

a. Vegetative reproduction: By fragmentation.
b. Asexual reproduction: By non-motile spores.
c. Sexual reproduction: Oogamous. By non-motile gametes. It has complex post fertilisation developments.

♦ They are called amphibians of the plant kingdom because they can live in soil but need water for sexual reproduction.
♦ They occur in damp, humid and shaded localities.
♦ Their body is more differentiated than that of algae. It is thallus-like and prostrate or erect, and attached to the substratum by unicellular or multicellular rhizoids.
♦ They lack true roots, stem or leaves. They may possess root-like, leaf-like or stem-like structures.
♦ The main plant body is haploid. It produces gametes, hence is called a gametophyte.
♦ The sex organs in bryophytes are multicellular.
♦ The male sex organ (antheridium) produces biflagellate antherozoids. The female sex organ (archegonium) is flask-shaped and produces a single egg.
♦ Antherozoids are released to water and meet archegonium. An antherozoid fuses with the egg to form zygote.
♦ Zygotes do not undergo meiosis immediately. They produce a multicellular body called a sporophyte.
♦ Sporophyte is not free-living but attached to the photosynthetic gametophyte and derives nourishment from it. Some cells of the sporophyte undergo meiosis to form haploid spores. They germinate to form gametophyte.

Importance of Bryophytes:
♦ Some mosses provide food for herbaceous mammals, birds and other animals.
♦ Species of Sphagnum (a moss) provide peat. It is used as fuel. It has water holding capacity so that used as packing material for trans-shipment of living material.
♦ They are ecologically important because of their role in plant succession on bare rocks/soil. Mosses along with lichens decompose rocks making the substrate suitable for the growth of higher plants.
♦ Since mosses form dense mats on the soil, they can prevent soil erosion.
The bryophytes are divided into liverworts and mosses.

♦ They grow usually in moist, shady habitats such as banks of streams, marshy ground, damp soil, bark of trees and deep in the woods.
♦ Their plant body is thalloid. E.g. Marchantia. Thallus is dorsi-ventral and closely appressed to the substrate. The leafy members have tiny leaf-like appendages in two rows on the stem-like structures.
Asexual reproduction: By fragmentation of thalli, or by the formation of gemmae (sing. gemma). Gemmae are green, multicellular, asexual buds that develop in small receptacles (gemma cups) on the thalli. Gemmae are detached from the parent body and germinate to form new individuals.
Sexual reproduction: Male and female sex organs are produced on the same or different thalli. Sporophyte is differentiated into a foot, seta and capsule. After meiosis, spores are produced within the capsule. These spores germinate to form free-living gametophytes.   

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

♦ The predominant stage of the life cycle of a moss is the gametophyte. It consists of two stages.
Protonema stage: The first stage which develops directly from a spore. It is a creeping, green, branched and frequently filamentous stage.
Leafy stage: The second stage which develops from the secondary protonema as a lateral bud. They consist of upright, slender axes bearing spirally arranged leaves. They are attached to soil through multicellular and branched rhizoids. This stage bears the sex organs.

Vegetative reproduction: By fragmentation and budding in the secondary protonema.
Sexual reproduction: The antheridia & archegonia are produced at the apex of leafy shoots. After fertilisation, zygote develops into a sporophyte, consisting of a foot, seta and capsule. The sporophyte in mosses is more elaborate than that in liverworts. The capsule contains spores. Spores are formed after meiosis. Mosses have an elaborate mechanism of spore dispersal.
♦ E.g. Funaria, Polytrichum and Sphagnum.

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

♦ They include horsetails and ferns.
♦ They are found in cool, damp, shady places. Some flourish well in sandy-soil conditions.
♦ Evolutionarily, they are the first terrestrial plants to possess vascular tissues (xylem & phloem).
♦ In bryophytes, the dominant phase in the life cycle is the gametophyte. In pteridophytes, the dominant phase (main plant body) is a sporophyte. It is differentiated to true root, stem & leaves. These organs have well-differentiated vascular tissues.
♦ The leaves in pteridophyta are small (microphylls) as in Selaginella or large (macrophylls) as in ferns.
♦ Economic importance: They are used for medicinal purposes and as soil-binders and ornamentals.

♦ The sporophytes bear sporangia that are subtended by leaf-like appendages called sporophylls. In some cases, sporophylls may form distinct compact structures called strobili or cones (E.g. Selaginella, Equisetum).
♦ Sporangia produce spores by meiosis in spore mother cells.
♦ The spores germinate to give inconspicuous, small, multicellular, free-living, mostly photosynthetic thalloid gametophytes called prothallus.
♦ Prothallus requires cool, damp, shady places to grow. Also, it needs water for fertilization. So, the spread of pteridophytes is limited and restricted to narrow geographical regions.
♦ The gametophytes (prothallus) bear male and female sex organs called antheridia and archegonia, respectively.
♦ Water is needed for transfer of antherozoids (male gametes from antheridia) to the mouth of archegonium.
♦ Antherozoid fuses with the egg in the archegonium to form zygote. Zygote develops to a multicellular well- differentiated sporophyte.
♦ Most of the pteridophytes produce similar kinds of spores (homosporous plants). Others produce two kinds of spores, macro (mega) & micro spores. They are heterosporous. E.g. Selaginella & Salvinia.
♦ The megaspores & microspores germinate and give rise to female and male gametophytes, respectively. Thefemale gametophytes are retained on the parent sporophytes for variable periods.
♦ Within female gametophytes, zygotes develop into young embryos. This event is a precursor to the seed habit. It is considered as an important step in evolution.
♦ The pteridophytes have 4 classes:
1. Psilopsida: E.g. Psilotum
2. Lycopsida: E.g. Selaginella, Lycopodium
3. Sphenopsida: E.g. Equisetum
4. Pteropsida: E.g. Dryopteris, Pteris, Adiantum 

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

♦ Gymnosperms (gymnos: naked, sperma: seeds) are plants in which the ovules are not enclosed by ovary wall and remain exposed before and after fertilization. Seeds that develop post-fertilization are not covered (naked).
♦  They include medium-sized trees or tall trees and shrubs. Sequoia (giant redwood) is the tallest tree species.
♦ The roots are generally tap roots.
♦ Roots in some genera have fungal association in the form of mycorrhiza (E.g. Pinus).
♦ In plants like Cycas, small specialized roots (coralloid roots) are associated with N2– fixing cyanobacteria.
♦ Stems are unbranched (Cycas) or branched (Pinus, Cedrus).
♦ Leaves are simple or compound. They are well-adapted to withstand extreme temperature, humidity and wind.
♦ In Cycas, the pinnate leaves persist for a few years.
♦ In conifers (Pinus, Cedrus etc.), the needle-like leaves reduce the surface area. Their thick cuticle and sunken stomata also help to reduce water loss.

♦ Gymnosperms are heterosporous. They produce haploid microspores and megaspores.
♦ Some leaves are modified into sporophylls. They are compactly and spirally arranged along an axis to form lax or strobili or cones.
♦ Sporophylls bear sporangia in which spores are produced.
♦ Sporophylls are 2 types:

They are arranged to male strobili (microsporangiate). They bear microsporangia. The microspores develop into male gametophytes. It is highly reduced and confined to only a limited number of cells. This gametophyte is called a pollen grain. The pollen grains are developed within the microsporangia.

Megasporophylls: They are arranged to female strobili (macrosporangiate). They bear megasporangia (ovules). Megasporangium mainly consists of a body called nucellus. It is protected by envelopes. The megaspore mother cell is differentiated from a cell of the nucellus. Megaspore mother cell undergoes meiosis to form four megaspores. One of the megaspores enclosed within the Megasporangium (nucellus) develops into a multicellular female gametophyte that bears two or more archegonia. The multicellular female gametophyte is also retained within megasporangium.

♦ The male or female cones may be borne on the same tree (Pinus) or on different trees (Cycas).
♦ Unlike bryophytes and pteridophytes, in gymnosperms, the male and the female gametophytes do not have an independent free-living existence. They remain within the sporangia retained on the sporophytes.
♦ The pollen grain released from the microsporangium are carried in air currents and meet the opening of the ovules. The pollen tube carrying the male gametes grows towards archegonia in the ovules and discharges their contents near the mouth of the archegonia.
♦ After fertilization, zygote develops into an embryo and the ovules into seeds.

♦ They are an exceptionally large group of plants.
♦ They range in size from tiny, almost microscopic Wolffia to tall trees of Eucalyptus (over 100 metres).
♦ They include 2 classes: Dicotyledons & Monocotyledons.

Have 2 cotyledons in seeds, reticulate venations in leaves and tetramerous or pentamerous flowers (4 or 5 members in each floral whorl).

Have only one cotyledon, parallel venation in leaves and trimerous flowers (3 members in each floral whorl).

♦ Flower is the reproductive structure.
♦ Male sex organ in a flower is the stamen. Each stamen consists of a filament with an anther at the tip. Within the anthers, the pollen mother cell divides by meiosis to produce microspores which matures into pollen grains.
♦ Female sex organ in a flower is the pistil. It consists of a swollen ovary at its base, a long slender style & stigma. Ovary contains ovules. An ovule has a megaspore mother cell that undergoes meiosis to form 4 haploid megaspores. 3 of them degenerate and one divides to form embryo sac.
♦ Each embryo-sac has a 3-celled egg apparatus (one egg cell & two synergids), 3 antipodal cells & 2 polar nuclei. The polar nuclei eventually fuse to produce a diploid secondary nucleus.
♦ Pollen grains dispersed from anthers are carried by wind or other agencies to the stigma of pistil. It is called pollination.
♦ Pollen grains germinate on the stigma and the resulting pollen tubes grow through the tissues of stigma and style and reach the ovule.
♦ Pollen tubes enter the embryo-sac where 2 male gametes are discharged. One male gamete fuses with egg cell to form zygote (syngamy). The other male gamete fuses with diploid secondary nucleus to produce triploid primary endosperm nucleus (PEN). Because of the involvement of two fusions, this event is called double fertilisation. It is an event unique to angiosperms.
♦ The zygote develops into an embryo (with one or two cotyledons). The PEN develops into endosperm which provides nourishment to the developing embryo.
♦ Synergids & antipodals degenerate after fertilization.
♦ During these events, the ovules develop into seeds and the ovaries develop into fruit.
♦ The seeds are enclosed by fruits. 

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes

♦ In plants, both haploid and diploid cells can divide by mitosis. This forms haploid and diploid plant bodies.
♦ Haploid plant body (gametophyte) produces gametes by mitosis.
♦ After fertilization, the zygote also divides by mitosis to produce a diploid plant body (sporophyte). This produces haploid spores by meiosis.
♦ Spores divide by mitosis to form a haploid plant body.
♦ Thus, during the life cycle of any sexually reproducing plant, there is an alternation of generations between gametophyte (n) and sporophyte (2n).

Patterns of Plant life cycles
1. Haplontic:
In this, sporophytic generation is represented only by the zygote. There are no free-living sporophytes. Zygote undergoes meiosis to form haploid spores. They divide mitotically to form gametophyte. The dominant, photosynthetic phase is the free-living gametophyte. E.g. Algae such as Volvox, Spirogyra and some species of Chlamydomonas.

2. Diplontic:
In this, diploid sporophyte is the dominant, photosynthetic, independent phase. Gametophytic phase is represented by the single to few-celled haploid gametophyte. E.g. An alga, Fucus sp., all seed-bearing plants (gymnosperms & angiosperms – the gametophytic phase is few to multi-celled).

3. Haplo-diplontic:
It is the intermediate condition between haplontic & diplontic. Both gametophyte & sporophyte are multicellular and often free-living. But they have different dominant phases. E.g. Bryophytes & Pteridophytes. 

Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes
Plant Kingdom Class 11 Biology Revision Notes