- an agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.
Origin of pollinium
Examples from the Web for pollinium
Historical Examples of pollinium
Pollinium of an Orchis (Habenaria), with its stalk attached to a sticky gland; magnified.The Elements of Botany
In this latter case we have a pollinium in its most highly developed and perfect condition.On the Origin of Species
If the pollinium was originally vertical, after a time it assumed a horizontal position.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
- a mass of cohering pollen grains, produced by plants such as orchids and transported as a whole during pollination
Word Origin for pollinium
- A mass or packet of pollen grains specialized for transfer to other flowers as a unit by pollinating insects. Orchids and milkweeds produce pollinia.