Seeds on ripe seed capsule of field poppy

Seeds on ripe seed capsule of field poppy

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

Caption: Macrophotograph of the top of a ripe, dehiscent seed capsule (fruit) of the field or corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, showing the release of numerous blue-black seeds from window-like pores in the top of the dried- out capsule. 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, the capsu wall, is dead & hard.

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

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