Word of the Week: Stamen

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Carpenter bees are the primary pollinators of Passiflora caerulea (blue passionflower). This European honey bee is too small to brush against the anther if it tries to penetrate the purplish-brown fibers that protect the nectaries at the center of the flower.
Photo © Mary Free

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