The reproductive organs of a Meadow Cranesbill

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Staff at World Museum Liverpool's Clore Natural History Centre have been experimenting with their new macro lens and have sent over this image.

Reproductive organs of a Meadow Cranesbill.

According to Mike Graham, Curatorial Manager of the Bug House, Planetarium, Aquarium and Clore Natural History Centre, 'We are looking at the reproductive organs of a Meadow Cranesbill, a wild flower which is a member of the Geranium family. The red stalk like rod in the centre is the carpel which consists of the stigma which receives the pollen and the style and ovary which contains the ovules. This is the female part and the black anthers on the stamens surrounding the stigma are where the pollen is produced. If you look closely you can see the pollen grains on the anthers. Bees cross pollinate the flowers when they are collecting nectar.'