Pollen grain

Pollen grain

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Caption: Pollen grain. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a pollen grain from the golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) plant. There is great variation in the size, shape and surface texture of pollen. The outer wall is highly sculpted in many plants, as seen here, which assists in dispersal. The characteristic surface of a plant's pollen grains is used by botanists to recognise and classify species. Each pollen grain contains a male gamete, which fertilises the eggs or ovules, initiating the formation of plant seeds. Magnification: x2300 at 35mm size.

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