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Cirsium (Thistle) sp. Pollen Under the Microscope

Cirsium (Thistle) sp. Pollen

This pollen grain was recovered from an air sample collected in Eastern Washington State during August 2012 at an elevation of 1700 feet.

Transmitted Brightfield Illumination


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