Inane, empty, said of an anther which produces no pollen, &c.
When is the pollen gathered by the bee and kneaded into the pellet-like mass?
She has no baskets in which to gather the pollen, no brushes, no towering plumes.
The flowers have therefore to devise a means for the transport of the pollen.
Thus he continues until the third segment is reached, from which he carries away a fresh load of pollen to another flower.
Was there anything to show that the stigma was ready for pollen in these two cases?
“Nothing but that some of the pollen shall be mixed with them,” said her mother.
The brush of stamens, erect in the center, sheds its pollen and the anthers collapse.
In doing this they come in contact with the pollen, which, adhering to their backs, is carried off to other flowers.
The stigma, if pollen suffice, should be covered with pollen.
1760 as a botanical term for the fertilizing element of flowers (from Linnæus, 1751), earlier "fine flour" (1520s), from Latin pollen "mill dust; fine flour," related to polenta "peeled barley," and pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust," from PIE root *pel- (1) "dust; flour" (cf. Greek poltos "pap, porridge," Sanskrit pálalam "ground seeds," Lithuanian pelenai, Old Church Slavonic popelu, Russian pépelŭ "ashes").
pollen pol·len (pŏl'ən)
Microspores of seed plants carried by wind or insects prior to fertilization.
Powdery grains that contain the male reproductive cells of most plants. In gymnosperms, pollen is produced by male cones or conelike structures. In angiosperms, pollen is produced by the anthers at the end of stamens in flowers. Each pollen grain contains a generative cell, which divides into two nuclei (one of which fertilizes the egg), and a tube cell, which grows into a pollen tube to conduct the generative cell or the nuclei into the ovule. The pollen grain is the male gametophyte generation of seed-bearing plants. In gymnosperms, each pollen grain also contains two sterile cells (called prothallial cells), thought to be remnants of the vegetative tissue of the male gametophyte.