Question #c382a

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Jun 17, 2016

At maturity, most angiosperms' cotyledon(s) shrivel and may fall off.


As can be seen from the above image, the cotyledons play an integral role in seed germination and early growth; however, towards maturity they shrivel.

An aside: there is some research into how early cotyledon damage can actually affect the number of seeds a plant produces at maturity.