Arum plant spadix, light micrograph

Arum plant spadix, light micrograph

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Caption: Arum plant spadix. Light micrograph of a vertical section through the lower part of the spadix from a lords and ladies (Arum maculatum), or cuckoo pint, plant. This section shows the female flowers (bulb-shaped, here reduced to carpels) either side of the central spadix. The ovules (darker areas), which contain eggs, are seen inside the carpels. The spadix is a structure enclosed within a spathe (not seen). The upper part of the spadix smells of carrion and attracts small flies which end up trapped in this area, helping to pollinate the plant.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, angiosperm, araceae, aroid, arum maculatum, biological, biology, botanical, botany, carpel, carrion plant, female, flower, flowering parts, insect pollination, light micrograph, light microscope, longitudinal, lords and ladies, microscopy, nature, pistil, plant, reproduction, reproductive, section, sectioned, smell, spadix

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