science icon Monocot and Dicot Characteristics
 

Monocots Dicots
Embryo with 1 cotyledon, usually
developing under ground
Embryo with 2 cotyledons, usually
developing above ground
Roots usually fibrous A primary root usually present
Growth is mostly herbaceous Growth either herbaceous or woody
Vascular bundles scattered Vascular bundles usually forming a ring
Leaves usually parallel-veined Leaves usually net-veined
Flower parts usually in multiples of 3 Flower parts usually 4 or 5