Apr 23, 2010

15 Microscopic Images of Pollens

Pollen from a Forget-me-not petal. The grains are some of the smallest found measuring just 0.006mm.

Ball of fire: Acanthus pollen

Pollen from an Alder: Using a vacuum chamber, Swiss photographer Martin Oeggerli is able to bounce an electron beam off the pollen grain's surface and map out perfectly its tiny features

Purple patch: The minuscule blue pollen of the violet forget-me-not

It may look like a pink UFO, but this is a pollen from the Persian silk tree Albizia. They are 15 times larger than those on a Forget-me-not

A grain of pollen from a willow tree, which has become stuck between flower petals. This one will die but others will be carried by bees to other plants

The pollen from a Malve flower: The grains are between 1.5 and 10 hundredths of a millimetres across - making them too small to see with the naked eye

Spot on: The pink-flecked green pollen grains of a Venus Flytrap

Pollen from a Pistia: Hayfever occurs because plants need to transfer pollen by wind and insect to fertilization and reproduce

Star of the show: Yellow geranium pollen on a starfish-shaped stamen

Scaling the heights: Bromelia pollen

Brown study: Pollen of chaenomeles, a species of quince

The usual suspects: Pollen comes in many sizes. The pumpkin pollen grain in the middle is 0.2mm and just about visible to the naked eye

Double trouble: Smooth pollen from the pine tree

At first glance they look like sea shells. But this is in fact pollen from a Lilly


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