Sexual reproduction is the result of the male and female gametophytic cells fusing to form a zygote.

Pollen germinates of the female stigma and the male gametes move down the pollen tube through the female style.

The pollen tube enters the embryo sac through the micropyle in the ovule to release the male gametes.

Illustration of the structures of a flower with the stamen, anther, filament, petal, sepal, pistil, stigma, style, ovary, ovule, receptacle, and pedicel identified.

The photomicrograph to the right is an unopen female flower of wild cucumber.

It has an inferior ovary that forms under the petals.

Photomicrograph of an unopened female flower with the petals, stigma, style, ovule, and ovary identified.

Sexual reproduction is the result of the male and female gametophytic cells fusing to form a zygote.

Illustrated here is one example of an angiosperm ovule.

It contains three antipodal cells, two polar nuclei, two synergids, and an egg cell.

Illustration of an angiosperm ovule with the embryo sac, integuments, micropyle, and funiculus identified.

Illustration of an embryo sac with the antipodals, polar nuclei, egg cell, and synergids identified.

Embryo sac

Female flower sexual parts.

Image with side-by-side comparison of an illustration and a micrograph of the female flower sexual parts. The embryo sac, integuments, micropyle, and funiculus are identified in both.

Male gametes move along the pollen tube. The tube nucleus guides the pollen tube into the female embryo sac.

The generative nuclei are the male gametes that will fuse with the female nuclei in the embryo sac.

Illustration of a pollen tube with the stigmatic surface, pollen tube, generative nuclei, and tube nucleus identified.

A micrograph of a pollen tube.

The pollen tube enters through the micropyle to deposit the sperm cells.

Micrograph of flower with pollen tube, sperm cells being released from the pollen tube, embryo sac, and female egg cells identified.

Angiosperms undergo double fertilization where one sperm generative nucleus fuses with the egg nucleus to form the zygote and the other generative nucleus fuses with two polar nuclei to form the triploid endosperm.

Micrograph with embryo sac, fertilized endosperm, and fertilized zygote identified.