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Solomon’s Plume (Smilacina stellata also Maianthemum stellatum) Pollen Under the Microscope

Solomon’s Plume (Smilacina stellata also Maianthemum stellatum) Pollen

This is pollen collected from a Solomon's plume flower from the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. It has been dewaxed with alcohol but not acetalized. The mounting medium is Melt Mount with a refractive index of 1.704. This is at cross-section focus.

Transmitted Oblique Illumination


KINGDOM: Plantae /Angiosperms /Monocots ORDER: Liliales FAMILY: Liliaceae GENUS: Smilacina SPECIES: stellata

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