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Word of the Week: Filament

For gardeners, the most common encounter with the word filament is in naming the reproductive parts of flowers. The word comes from the Latin filum, meaning “thread,” and aptly describes the thin, usually springy stalks holding up the anthers. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Inflorescence

Some plants produce solitary flowers–one flower per stem. Others produce a cluster of flowers or inflorescences. They are grouped by the arrangement of flowers on the stalk and by the sequence of anthesis, or opening of the flower bud, which occurs in two forms, determinate and indeterminate. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Stamen

When we speak of stamens and pistils, we are talking about the way flowering plants reproduce. A stamen is the male reproductive organ. Its filament supports typically a 2-lobed anther that produces pollen from four saclike structures called microsporangia. Together, all the stamens on a single flower are called the androecium. Continue reading

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