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Word of the Week: Whorl

While the word whorl has other meanings outside of botany, along with the arrangement of leaves (phyllotaxis) on the same stem, it is also the term used to describe the four main groups of flower parts: sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils. 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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