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The bee flies from flower to flower and plant to plant. From some plants it carries away pollen. On other plants it drops off pollen. In this way the bee carries pollen from one plant to another. The pollen helps new plants to grow. While the bee gets food, it is also starting new plants.
I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2"
1. While the bee gets food, it is also starting new plants.
2. While the bee gets food, it also starts new plants.
I was thinking that a flower was a plant. Am I right or not?
Some other plants, such as conifers (gymnosperms), and fungi, reproduce by spores, and don't bother with flowers.
Besides, "from flower to flower" doesn't necessarily mean "from plant to plant" because the former could refer to separate flowers on the same plant.
But some flowers stand on their own such as daisies.
Maybe, it saves us the trouble to say ;"The bee flies from flower to flower"
by regarding "from plant to plant" as redundant.
I was merely pointing out that 'flower' does not mean 'plant'. The flower of a flowering plant excludes the roots and branches, etc.
Generally the calyx would be the part that indicates where the flower starts and the stem ends. If you're speaking of cut flowers, you'd include the stem with 'flower'.
Colloquially you could refer to some full plants as flowers, if they only produce one flower, but a rose bush, for example, is not called a flower in English.
Anyhow, I didn't mean to start a botany lesson!