Unripe seed capsule of the field poppy

Unripe seed capsule of the field poppy

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This image is part of the sequence Flowers: Opening of a Corn (Field) poppy and the seed pod (capsule)

Credit: CLAUDE NURISANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Photograph of an unripe seed capsule (fruit) of the field or corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas. The seed capsule comprises the remains of the flower after the petals have fallen; the old stigma (starfish-shaped) is seen at top. When the capsule has fully ripened, mature seeds are released by the organized process of dehiscence (dehydration & amp;splitting. At this time the pericarp, which for the capsule wall, is dead & hard. Pores appear at the very top of the capsule, below the remains of the stigma, through which the seeds are released.

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Keywords: botany, field, field poppy, nature, papaver rhoeas, part, parts, plant, plants, poppy, reproduction, reproductive, seed capsule, stigma, structure

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