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Flowering structure of a Magnolia flower

Magnolia flowers are similar to some of the very first flowers. It is one of the most primitive of all modern flowers, the flowering structure has changed little over the millions of years. The flower structure, which appears cone-like, has both, female and male organs, which occur in a spirally pattern, bearing numerous carpels, atop, and numerous stamens, raised, at the base. The carpels are tough, to avoid damage from beetles crawling and eating over it. Having evolved before bees, the flower does not produce nectar, but produce large quantities of pollen, to encourage pollination by beetles.

 

source: wikipedia, Backyard Nature, The United States National Arboretum, Botany Illustrated, Wayne’s World, The World of Magnolias, The Evolution of Magnolias

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