Immature kernels (seeds) of corn

Immature kernels (seeds) of corn

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Caption: Immature maize seeds. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of two developing seeds of maize, Zea mays. Maize, known also as corn, is the third most important cereal in the World after wheat and rice. Here, a pair of immature seeds (kernels) is seen on the cob. Each seed has a long protruber- ance called a "silk" (at top), a string-like style associated with each female ovary and down which the pollen tube grows to fertilise the egg. Once the egg is fertilised, the "silk" is discarded as the egg grows into a seed. Rows of pairs of seeds (kernels) are produced on the cob, forming the typical ear of maize. Magnification: x26 at 6x7cm size. x40 at 4x5"

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Keywords: botany, corn, immature, kernel, maize, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, seed, structure, type, zea mays

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