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Black Mountain Huckleberry Pollen

Vaccinium membranaceum (Black Mountain Huckleberry) Pollen

This is pollen that has been acetalized from the collection of Bart Cannon of Cannon Microprobe, Inc.

Transmitted Oblique Illumination


The is a pollen grain from Vaccinium membranaceum, Black Mountain Huckleberry. It is a natural tetrad with the individual grains tricolporate.

Significance in the Environment:

In Washington and British Columbia this plant is typically found above 2,800 feet in elevation.

Characteristic Features:

The pollen grains form as tetrads with a diameter of about 40 micrometers. The individual grains are tricolporate, psilate, with long furrows and a reduced polar area.

Associated Particles:


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

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