Immature kernel (seed) of corn

Immature kernel (seed) of corn

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Caption: Immature maize seed. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a developing seed of maize, Zea mays. Maize, known also as corn, is the third most important cereal in the World after wheat and rice. Here, an immature seed (kernel) is seen with a hairy and cellular surface. The seed has a thick protruberance called a "silk" (at top) projecting from it, a string-like style which is associated with the 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 are produced on a cob, forming the ear of maize. Magnification: x70 at 4x5 inch size.

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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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