The hereditary patterns of a plant species can be seen by observing the physical traits of two individual “parent” plants and then noting the traits of the “daughter” plants. Though many plants can be studied in this way, some are more useful than others in drawing predictive conclusions.

Which type of plant species would a botanist be LEAST interested in studying for this purpose? A plant species


If the flowers of a particular species are always either one color (for example, red) or another (for example, white), then through a sufficient number of experiments, you can draw clear conclusions about the probability of a daughter plant’s flowers being one color as opposed to the other. But drawing such conclusions is difficult when there are many subtle variations of one physical trait. (There may be too many combinations to track, and the variations may be too subtle to classify.)

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