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Under a magnification of 50X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed some of the morphologic ultrastructure found amongst a collection of pollen contained within the dehisced, or ruptured, anther of a yellow sundrops, Oenothera fruticosa flower. Note the pod-like configuration of the anther, within which resided many pollen grains, ready for dissemination into the passing wind, or to become attached to a pollinator, such as a bee. Judging by the shape of these pollen grains, it appeared that the majority had yet to dry, for the elliptical, football-shaped grains, closer to the lip of the anther, represented those that had dried, and the round grains represented those that were still moist.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Janice Haney Carr, Betsy Crane
Creation Date: 2006
Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr
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