Flowers under the stereo microscope

Pictured by Jan Parmentier


In this Hibiscus the flower has a style with a 5-fold stigma, attached to a pistil. Below these stigmas you will see the yellow pollen on stamens, fused in this case with the pistil.


In the Bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) flower, the sepals are removed, to see more clearly the hairy stamens with the anthers.


The Violet (Seaside Pansy, Viola curtisii) has flowers with hidden anthers and stigma.



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