Iris bud, light micrograph

Iris bud, light micrograph

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Caption: Coloured light micrograph of a stained cross section of a young bud of German iris (Iris germanica) showing three central petals, known as standards. The outer structures, which resemble petals, are sepals referred to as falls. These falls have a central beard which acts as a landing marker for insects. The anthers are directly above the beard. The female parts of the flower, known as the style arms, are located above the sepals. Magnification: x22 at 10cm wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, bearded iris, biological, biology, botanical, botany, cross section, flora, flower, iris, iris germanica, light microscope, microscopic, nature, petals, plant, plant anatomy, polarised light micrograph, polarized, pollination, sepals

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