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Mariposa Lily (Calochortus elegans) Pollen Under the Microscope

Mariposa Lily (Calochortus elegans) Pollen

This is pollen collected from a Mariposa lily found in Eastern Washington State. It has been dewaxed with alcohol but not acetalized. The mounting medium is ShurMount with a refractive index of 1.49. This is at high focus.

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KINGDOM: Plantae /Angiosperms /Monocots ORDER: Liliales FAMILY: Liliaceae SUBFAMILY: Calochortoideae GENUS: Calochortus SPECIES: elegans

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