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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Close-up or red lily, showing reproductive parts

Anthers and stigma of red lily flower

This is an unretouched close-up of a lily flower. The six weiner-shaped objects are the anthers. As you can see, they were producing pollen when the photo was taken. They are, of course, held up by filaments. Together, the two parts make up stamens. The three-lobed object on the right, about halfway up, is a stigma. It is held up by a style, which connects the stigma to the ovary. (You can't see that in this photo.) The stigma is where pollen lands, and, if all goes well, fertilization will take place, resulting in an embryo in a seed, in the ovary.

The background consists of three petals, with three sepals, which look just like the petals in this flower, being outside the petals. You can see a sepal or two showing through. Isn't God a great artist? (Larger sizes should be available by clicking on the photo, if you wish to see more detail.)

I expect to be doing some family travel. I've got some posts scheduled to go out on the next two Sundays, and will probably be able to do a Sunspots on Wednesday, but, otherwise, I'm out of the blogging business for over a week.

Thanks for reading and/or looking. God's best to all of you.


Keetha Broyles said...

You beat me to my next "Science with Miss Keetha" post - - - I was going to do "Sex in the Garden" - - - maybe I still will. :-)

Martin LaBar said...

You should.


Julana said...

That's very pretty.
Sometimes I think I'd study botany if I were starting college again today.

Martin LaBar said...

Indeed. Thanks, Julana.