Pioneer Species

     C. maculatum has been known to be a pioneer species. This plant grows in rapid

 succession after sites have been disturbed and nothing else is currently growing,

 making this species one of the earliest plants to propagate in an area.


Moving to New Lands

     Conium maculatum has adapted quite well throughout its evolutionary history, in

order to thrive in its environment. This plant species originated from the continent

of Europe but has adapted to America and Asia as well. 



     The reproduction of this plant occurs at a very fast rate. Some C. maculatum plants

 grow during the winter and die off during the summer. The advantage of this

 blooming season is the decrease in the amount of competitors for similar resources.

 While many plants grow and thrive during the summer, they must also compete

 against one another for resources.


Flowering Plant

     As an angiosperm, C. maculatum has shorter male gametophytes in comparison

 to gymnosperm seed plants. This shortened length results in a faster pollination rate

now that there is less space for the pollen to cover before it encounters the female

 part of the plant. This gives the plant the advantage of producing seeds at a faster



Vascular Tissues

     Plants have evolved to become larger in size and with an increase in size, comes

 the development of their own kind of circulatory system. Vascular plants such as

 C. maculatum have developed a unique circulatory system that help the plant to

 survive. The xylem and phloem are two components of this circulatory system that

 work together in a more efficient manner to transport water, sugars and other

 materials through the plant.



     The endosperm is a part of the plant that helps to supply the embryo with

 necessary nutrition for development. With the acquisition of an endosperm and a

 protective covering from a seed coat, this allows the embryo within a seed to

 reproduce away from water.


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