Arum lily showing pollination trap

Arum lily showing pollination trap

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Caption: Arum pollination trap. Macrophotograph of a section through the flower of an arum lily or Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) showing its pollination trap. The long purple spadix emits a vile smell to attract flies. The flies crawl around the flower, entering the lower chamber, and become trapped by the slippery sides and downward- pointing hairs. The male anthers, which carry the pollen (purple), and the ovaries, which contain the female ovules (cream) are in this chamber. Flies pick up pollen trying to escape. After a day or so, the hairs and waxy sides of the chamber fall off, allowing the flies to escape and carry the pollen to another arum, and pollinate it.

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Keywords: anther, arum, arum flower, arum lily, arum maculatum, botany, flower, flowering part, lily, lords and ladies, nature, ovary, parts, plant, plants, pollination trap, reproduction, reproductive, spadix, type

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