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Image by CJ Kazilek
This image as taken using our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
The subject of the micrograph is the anther of a bougainvillea flower (Bougainvillea spectabilis Willd). Anthers contain the pollen needed to fertilize the the flower. In case you are wondering, the anther along with the filament (stalk) are called the stamen. You can take a better look at the parts of a flower using a virtual microscope at the following Ask A Biologist web page.
To take the picture of these anthers, we cut open the flower before it had blossomed. If you take a look at the color photograph below, you can see the anthers are yellow in color.
If you are curious, here are some numbers from our list of guesses.
- 38% thought it looked like some part of a flower
- 34% thought it looked like some part of an animal
- 14% thought it looked like a brain
- 7% thought it looked like a cell
- 7% thought it looked like an organ
This was also a very good image for creative answers. Some of these answers are listed below.
- I believe the image is the slow pumping heart of the jungle animal called the "sloth."
- The eye of an insect
- The weavings of a basket
- An image of an alveoli (magnified) found in the human lung and responsible for the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide to the blood.
- A nest of a bird constructed in a hollow stem of a tree. A snake's tongue.
- A bee hive. A fly's tongue