Popcorn or pollen?!

flower hibiscus 1

Doesn’t the pollen look like popcorn? Hibiscus must be an ancient plant. The flowers are amazing!  The red circles are the stigmas and they are perched on the styles (female parts) while the popcorn is the anther perched on the filament (male parts). Wouldn’t you know the popcorn is male? The anther produces pollen ( male reproductive cells). Now you know who to blame for all that sneezing!

flower hibiscus 2

Morning photo to compare with evening photo above.

flower hibiscus 3

Is that dramatic or what?! You don’t need a magnifying glass to study this plant’s reproductive parts, just a comfortable bench and an iced tea.

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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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