Popcorn or pollen?!

flower hibiscus 1

Doesn’t the pollen look like popcorn? Hibiscus must be an ancient plant. The flowers are amazing! ┬áThe 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.