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New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicana) Pollen Under the Microscope

New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicana) Pollen

This is New Mexico Thistle from Josuah Tree, California. The pollen has not been acetalized and is mounted in a medium with a refactive index of 1.49. This is at high focus.

Transmitted Brightfield Illumination


KINGDOM: Plantae /Angiosperms /Eudicots /Asterids ORDER: Asterales FAMILY: Asteraceae TRIBE: Cynareae GENUS: Cirsium SPECIES: neomexicana

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Moore, P.D., J. A. Webb, and M. E. Collinson, POLLEN ANALYSIS, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1991