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Birch Pollen

Birch Pollen

This sample was collected in Western Washington State. it has not been acetalized.

Transmitted Oblique Off-Crossed Circular Polarized Light Illumination


Birch is a prolific pollenater in the early Spring.

Significance in the Environment:

Characteristic Features:

Betula spp., Paper Birch, pollen is about 22 to 30 micrometers in diameter. It is triporate with a pore cavity formed
by a separtation between the endexine and ektexine. The surface of the grain is psilate.

Associated Particles:


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