Transverse section of corn seed capsule

Transverse section of corn seed capsule

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

Caption: Macrophotograph of a transverse section through a seed capsule (fruit) of a corn or field poppy, Papaver rhoeas, showing the organization of numerous seeds in compartments bound by the pericarp, the capsular wall. The seed capsule comprises the remains of the flower after the petals have fallen. When the capsule has fully ripened, mature seeds are released by the organized process of dehiscence (dehydration & amp;splitting), through window-like pores in the top of the capsule. At this time the pericarp, the capsule wall, is dead & hard.

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

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