Cut Flowers

Were you expecting an arrangement in a vase?

You forget.  I am a biologist.

So when I cut a flower, I cut up a flower.

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I removed the two sets of 3 petals from the base.

Then, I cut longitudinally into the green calyx and ovary to expose the seed-forming tissues.

Here’s a little lesson in flower parts.

The long, single pistil is the female part.

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The top end of the pistil is called the stigma. It is sticky to capture pollen that lands on it.

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Cutting the ovary in half exposes the developing seeds.

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The six stamen produce yellow pollen on the ends. Pollen acts like dust if you shake or touch it.

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Pollen looks like rice on 40x.

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Pollen is also sticky and sometimes stains clothing. That’s why some florists cut off the stamen. Ouch!

The petal coloring shows up in cells looking like pixels on 40x.

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red and white petal on 10x

Don’t get mad at me for dissecting my Amaryllis flower.

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Your Valentine’s bouquet will die, too.  Might as well learn something before you toss it out.

Happy Valentine’s Day.