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Buttercup Root - 40x (Autofluorescence)

Lily Flower Bud

Shown above is a three-dimensional reconstruction of a lily flower bud. The approximately 100 varieties of plants known as lilies are monocots. Similar to other members of this broad group, bisexual lily buds typically exhibit three sepals, three petals, and six stamens, each of which feature a bilobed anther with four pollen sacs. The buds also possess a single central pistil leading to an ovary, usually with six ovules, enclosed by three fused carpals. Although lilies can sexually reproduce by seed, many ornamental varieties are grown via asexual bulbs to guarantee the plants retain enough energy for flowering.