Lily Seed Embryo
A plant embryo is actually an immature plant that is surrounded by stored nutritive materials enveloped in a protective seed coat. The embryo typically consists of embryonic roots (radicles), an embryonic stem (hypocotyl), and leaf-like structures (cotyledons). Lilies are classified as monocots because they produce only a single cotyledon. This embryonic leaf absorbs nutrients from the seed package until the embryo germinates and develops into a seedling that can produce true leaves and generate food through photosynthesis. All seeds encase plant embryos, which remain dormant until activated by water and climate conditions that entice germination.