Flowers of the garden pea

Flowers of the garden pea

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Macrophotograph of flowers of the garden pea, Pisum sativum. The petals are colourless, appearing white because of the reflection of light. The veins are green due to the presence of chloroplasts (sites of photosynthesis) in these regions. The flower is a classic insect- pollinated shape, although today, as a result of domestication, pea plants are self pollinated & do not need the services of insects. This is a case of the retention of ancestral traits in the shape of the flower, despite the change in function. Mag: X 0.8 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: ancestral trait, botany, flower, flowering, flowers, macrophoto, nature, pea, pisum sativum, plant, plants, self pollination, still life, still-life, type

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