This microscopic image of a pollinated Amarylis stigma is really fascinating. I mean, when you like closely at the stigmas (the tip of a pistil) of many flowers, they look a little textured, and this makes it obvious why; it’s kind of like Velcro to capture the pollen. Plus, I just had to reblog this, I mean I can’t let Matt have all the fun with the microphotography!
Amarylis stigma (pink) with pollen grains (yellow) adhering to sticky glands on its surface. Some pollen tubes (olive green) carrying genetic material can be seen on top of the stigma. Imaged in low vacuum without prior dehydration. Dynamic focus and long working distance used for depth of focus.
Courtesy of Paul Gunning