Vocabulary

The anther is the pollen-containing part of the stamen. Wikimedia photo by André-Karwath

anther: the part of a stamen that contains the pollen.

beneficial insect: an insect species that performs a service to mankind such as pollination or pest control.

DNA: Deoxyribonucleic acid is a chemical structure containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known plants and animals. The DNA segments carrying this genetic information are called genes.

flowering plants: also known as angiosperms, these are the seed-producing plants.

habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

nectar: a sugary fluid secreted by flowering plants to encourage pollination by insects.

Electron micrograph of pollen grains. Wikimedia Commons.

ovule: the part of a flowering plant, inside the ovary, that contains the female DNA. After successful pollination, the ovule grows into a seed.

pistil: the female part of a plant, consisting of a stigma, style, and ovary.

pollen: a fine powdery substance, often yellow, of tiny grains discharged from the anther of a flower. The pollen grains carry genetic information from one flower to another.

pollination: the transfer of pollen from the anther of a flower to the stigma of another flower.

pollinator: an animal that carries pollen from one flower to another.

stamen: the male part of a flower consisting of a pollen-containing anther and a filament