Word of the Week: Stamen

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Before the flower of native Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) completely opens, each anther dehisces by two apical clefts. A few catapulted anthers are visible in the two open flowers to the right among the buds pictured in June.
Photo © Mary Free

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