What Is the Difference Between Complete and Incomplete Flowers?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 12:00:17 AM ET
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Complete flowers are flowers that have all four main components: sepals, petals, pistils and stamens while incomplete flowers lack at least one of those elements. The difference between complete and incomplete flowers is structural rather than chemical in nature. The different parts of flowers serve different purposes, but like the human appendix, not all parts are essential for helping flowers carry out life functions.