Are Gymnosperms Monocots or Dicots? (EXPLAINED)

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Are gymnosperms Monocots or Dicots?

Question: Are Gymnosperms considered monocots or dicots?

Quick Answer: Gymnosperms are neither dicots nor monocots.

Why are Gymnosperms Not Considered Dicots and Monocots?

Dicot/monocot are two classifications that apply only to flowering plants, and gymnosperms are non-flowering. The word gymnosperm comes to us from two Greek words, ‘gymno’ meaning naked and ‘sperm’ meaning seed; literally “naked seeds.” The name gymnosperm was applied to them because they have exposed seeds most often found either on leaves or scales modified to form cones.

Types of Gymnosperms

  • Conifers
  • Cycads
  • Ginkgo
  • Gnetophytes
  • Hemlock