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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: Phyllotaxis

The three major patterns of phyllotaxis are alternate, opposite, and whorled, as shown in the illustration below. How leaves are arranged on the stem (axis) is one of the tools for classifying and identifying plants. 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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