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Venus flytrap pollen grains, SEM

  • Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
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False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of pollen grains from a venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). This carniverous plant eats insects and other small bugs. Pollen grains contain the male gamete and are produced in the anther. They are transferred from one flower to another (pollination) so that fertilisation of the female gametes can occur (sexual plant reproduction). Pollen is a common trigger of hay fever or seasonal allergies. Pollen grains are 120 microns in size across.


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