Monday, July 16, 2012


Meet the Hibiscus, a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae.  According to Wikipedia, the plant favors the sub-tropics and tropics, making it quite at home in southwestern Florida.  The picture is a focus stack composed of five separate macro images.

The pistil and stamens (vertical, center) are quite prounced and colorful in their own right.  I had to refresh my botany knowledge to recall that the pistil is the top-most sticky tip.  The stamens (beneath the pistil) actually consist of two parts: a stalk called a filament, topped by an anther where the pollen is produced.   This will be on the exam.  ;-)

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