Sex organs of blue spider wort flower

Sex organs of blue spider wort flower

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Caption: Blue spider wort flower. Macrophotograph of a blue spider wort flower (Commelina coelestis) showing its reproductive parts. Three stamens are visible (centre and lower left and right), each consisting of a yellow pollen-bearing anther borne on a long blue filament. These are the male parts of the flower. The female part consists of the mauve stigma (lower centre) which is borne on a filament-like style. The yellow lobes at upper centre are nectaries, designed to attract pollinating insects. This plant undergoes autogamy, that is, if no insect pollinates the flower, the style grows around the stamens, self- pollinating itself. This plant lives in Mexico.

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