Chickweed flower

Chickweed flower

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the reproductive structures of a flower of the chickweed, Stellaria media. The bulbous carpel, with the short-stalked female stigmas emerging from it, is at lower centre. Two of the long- stalked male anthers have closed in to contact the stigmas; a third remains separate at right, its tip covered with pollen. The droplets in the bottom right & left corners are nectar to attract pollinating insects. Chickweed is also self- pollinating. The round pollen grains on the stigmas show that this flower has been pollinated, probably by the anthers in contact with the stigmas. Magnification: x7 at 35mm size. Green tint (leech). Reference: MICROCOSMOS, figure 4.25, page 79.

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Keywords: anther, botany, carpel, chickweed, coloured, flower, flowering part, nature, nectar, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, reproductive structures, scanning electron micrograph, self pollination, sem, stellaria media, stigma, style

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