Flower of common chickweed

Flower of common chickweed

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the flower of common chickweed, Stellaria media, a self- pollinating plant found on uncultivated ground in Europe. In the background are the five sepals (calyx), which serve a protective function. Next are the 5 notched petals (corolla), which attract insects by their bright colour. Calyx & corolla together form the perianth. Three stamens topped by pollen-bearing anthers (male organs) lie between the petals & the capsule. At centre are the tufts of the stigmas (female organs) supported on stalks called styles. These connect the pollen-receiving stigmas with the ovary. Magnification: x3 at 35mm size. Yellow tint. Reference: MICROCOSMOS, figure 4.24, page 78.

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Keywords: botany, calyx, chickweed, corolla, flower, flowering part, nature, parts, perianth, petal, plant, plants, scanning electron micrograph, self pollination, sem, sepal, stellaria media

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