Red campion seed, SEM

Red campion seed, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Red campion seed. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a seed from a red campion flower (Silene dioica). A seed contains an embryo (a fertilised ovule from which a new plant can grow), and a supply of food. The food is used either while the embryo grows within the developing seed, or during germination. Seed shapes and surface textures vary widely, affecting how they are dispersed from their parent plant. Seed dispersal methods include being carried by the wind, or water or on animal coats, or being eaten and deposited in animal droppings. Red campion flowers, red or pink, are native to Europe. Magnification: x1250 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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