Drop of nectar at base of flower stamen

Drop of nectar at base of flower stamen

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Caption: False colour Scanning electron micrograph of a drop of nectar at the base of the stamen of the chickweed flower Stellaria media. Although the chickweed is a self pollinating plant & does not rely on nectar to attract insects for pollination, it still produces the nectar , and is a source of food for insects. As they crawl around the flower in search of nectar, the insect picks up pollen from the anthers (male) or brushes it off onto the stigmas (female). They fly from flower to flower feeding & simultaneously cross- pollinating. Without the intercession of the insect, the flowering plants would have to rethink reproduction or be made extinct. Mag:X20 at 35mm . Original is bw print b765/024.

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Keywords: botany, chickweed, flower, flowering part, insect pollination, nature, nectar, parts, plant, plants, self pollination, stellaria media

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