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Anther [ Botany ]

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  The anther is the specifically male part of a flower, it produces and contains the pollen  
Anthers are usually located on top of a long thin filament (or stalk) in the centre of the flower, in a position where they may efficiently transfer pollen to pollinators such as bees, bats, etc. or to pollinate its own gynoecium..
Anther and filament together are described as a stamen.

Anther is attached to the filament in one of three ways:
  • innate (also said basifixed), attached by its base at the apex of the filament.
  • adnate, (also said dorsifixed), attached for its full length to the top side of the filament.
  • versatile, attached by its back centre to the very tip of the filament.





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