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by Makoto Honda
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Darlingtonia californica                                                                                                                                 © 2009 Makoto Honda. All Rights Reserved

A flower interior, showing the bell-shaped ovary, surrounded by stamens.   

The Darlingtonia flower interior, showing the bell-shaped ovary. Hidden underneath the ovary grows a style that terminates in a 5-pointed stigma.  The bell shape of the ovary effectively shields the stigma from falling pollen, thus avoiding gravity-led self-pollination. Note that the pollen are being shed in this freshly opened flower; however, the stigma appears to be not fully receptive.    

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