Posts from the ‘botany’ Category


A section of a corn stem at 100-times magnification.

Image by Rakesh Bhatnagar, University of Alberta.

That’s a mightily surprised corn stem! And a little on the creepy clown side.


There are around 30 wild species in the Gerbera genus, which most would recognize as daisies commonly sold as cut flowers. They come in a large variety of colors, and these are largely hybrids bred for looks, Gerbera hybridus. They are members of the Asteraceae family (which is a huge family, if you haven’t yet noticed).
As you can see in this picture, the pollen comes from the central disc of the flower. This is actually a disc of many tiny flowers, called disc florets. The outer “petals” are ray florets.

Post requested by anna-kitten.

Just a happy little cross-section of a marram grass leaf!