Are There More Monocots or Dicots? (EXPLAINED)

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Are there more monocots or dicots?

Question: Are there more monocot or dicot plants?

Quick Answer: There are almost four times as many dicot species as there are monocots.

Why Are There More Dicots Than Monocots?

Scientists have identified approximately 250,000 species of dicots, while they have only cataloged about 65,000 types of monocots. You would expect that with two seed leaves, dicots would be the newer, more advanced, of the two, but research has determined that monocots are the more recent evolution, which accounts for their lower species numbers.

Monocot Plant Examples

  • Crocus
  • Daffodils
  • Irises
  • Lillies
  • Tulips

Dicot Plants

  • Oaks
  • Aspens
  • Fruit Trees
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries