SEM of petal

SEM of petal

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph of the surface of a petal (corolla) of the chickweed flower Stellaria media (a self pollinating plant). Petal surfaces vary considerably in structure once examined at high magnification. The chickweed's petal surface consists of elongated, frilly edged cells packed tightly together. Petals are usually brightly coloured & it is thought that their function is to attract insects for pollination. Although some flowering plants are self pollinating, most require the intermediary services of insects, some the wind, for pollination & hence reproduction. Magnification:- X143 at 35mm size. Original is BW print b765/025.

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Keywords: botany, chickweed, corolla, flower, flowering part, nature, parts, petal, plant, plants, stellaria media

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