Ripe seed head of a field poppy

Ripe seed head of a field poppy

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & 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. When the capsule has fully ripened, mature seeds are released by the organized process of dehiscence (dehydration & splitting). At this time the pericarp, the capsule wall, is dead & hard.

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

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