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Reproductive Structures

The Blossoms

Blossom buds, showing the little green leaves (sepals)
between petal bases:

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This is the way blossoming plants look in late April, at the peak of blooming; in the right photo the leaves have been removed:

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This is one stalk of female flowers:

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Close up the subulate filaments, each containing a tube of the black poison, are seen guarding the ovary (what will become the seed):

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Here is a male flower stalk:

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And heres a close up:

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