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Description:Under a low magnification of only 62x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted a view of a seed clustered exterior of a commonly growing wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, that was found growing in Lullwater Park, inside the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. The F. virginiana fruiting bodies are very similar to the more familiar, store-bought varieties, and those who've tasted these fruits say that they're quite delicious.
The wild strawberry is considerably smaller than the store-bought species, which are actually hybrids from a cross between themselves, and those which commonly grow in Europe. Strawberries are one of the few fruits, whose seeds are located on the exterior of their ripening ovaries. The purpose of the sweet fruit is to act to entice larger animals, who after ingesting the fruit, and its accompanying seeds, deposit their waste containing the ingested seeds, thereby, dispersing the potential progeny of the fruiting plant.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr, Betsy Crane
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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