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Les Landrum's Laboratory

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  • Magnify: to increase the size of something. Making an object larger by using a tool or instrument such as a magnifying glass or microscope.
  • Microscope: an instrument used to see objects or parts of objects, which are too small to be seen with only our eyes... more
  • Pollen: powdery material made by plants that contains the male sperm cells used in plant reproduction... more. Sometimes used in solving crimes... more
  • Stamen: the part of the flower that produces pollen... more
Landrum at microscopeWelcome to my laboratory! Under my microscope I have a flower from a plant called Lycium exsertum. As we collect specimens we often spend time examining them under different magnifications. You can see what I am looking at through the microscope by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Looking at a Flower Under a Microscope

Below you see the same image of the flower I am viewing. I have the microscope set to the lowest power. You can change the magnification with the controls below the image (just put your mouse pointer over the magnification). Notice that the flower is pointing down. This is the normal direction this flower grows.

Once you master the names of the parts of the flower you can test what you learned with our flower anatomy activity. You can print it out and write in your answers. Be sure to color the flower as you list each part. There is also an online version you can color and print out.

 

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Pumkin flower stamen

Tucked inside this pumkin flower is the stamen. One of the parts that a important for plant reproduction. Image by Eli Shany via Wikimedia Commons.

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Pumkin flower stamen

Tucked inside this pumkin flower is the stamen. One of the parts that a important for plant reproduction. Image by Eli Shany via Wikimedia Commons.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.