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Word of the Week – Anther

This extra Word of the Week, anther, wraps up our celebration of Pollinator Week 2021. Watch three brief videos featuring a wasp brushing against the anthers of Monarda punctata as it searches for nectar; two bees collecting pollen from the poricidal anthers of azalea; and a butterfly searching for nectar on an azalea. Which of these are actually pollinators? 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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