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BIOL 1030 Topic Four Notes

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These notes cover topic four information in BIOL 1030 under Dr. Scott Bowling
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Scott Anthony Bowling
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BIOL1030 Topic Four Notes  Most of the plants discussed so far do not have specialized gametophytes  They are homosporous plants: make one kind of meiospore  Principally homosporous groups o Bryophyta o Hepatophyta o Psilophyta o Arthrophyta  Heterosporous plants: make two types of meiospores o One becomes male gametophyte and makes sperm o One becomes female gametophyte and makes eggs  Thus, make specialized spores and specialized gametophytes o Specialization occurs in the spore to gametophyte movement on the haploid side  Heterosporous groups: o One member of Arthrophyta o Some Lycophyta o Some Pterophyta o All seed plant phyla HETEROSPORY  Note deadbeat gametophytes o Not free-living. Dependent on sporophyte o Not (very photosynthetic) o Small: microgametophyte reduced to one antheridium, if that. Megagametophyte develops mostly within megaspore  Spores specialized o Megaspore makes megagametophyte, which makes archegonia with eggs o Microspore makes microgametophyte, which makes sperm (sometimes in an antheridium)  Valuable ideas for life on the land: o Gametophytes small and protected by spore walls o Deadbeat gametophytes fed by big, strong sporophyte (gametophytes can focus on reproduction) o Megaspore: keep it after fertilization and feed embryo. Embryo starts development inside megaspore and protected by its walls  Lets new embryo “eat” its mother (megagametophyte)  Keeps energy used to make megagametophyte from being wasted o Microspore: disperse it through air (or other ways we will discuss later), instead of using delicate swimming sperm PLANTS  Nonvascular plants o Covered, spores used to make free-living gametophytes. Sporophytes dependent on gametophytes  Seedless vascular plants o Covered, spores used to make free-living gametophytes. Sporophytes and gametophytes both can live independently  Seed plants o Rest of plant kingdom; gametophytes dependent on sporophyte (non free-living) SEED PLANTS  All are heterosporous vascular plants  Three major reproductive adaptations o Gametophyte reduced to dependence on sporophyte; retained in moist reproductive tissue o Seed-“baby plant in a lockbox with its lunch”; highly resistant structures that allow for a dormant phase in the life cycle to wait out poor environmental conditions o Evolution of pollen as male gametophyte—many seed plants are no longer tied to external water for fertilization  Common ancestor with seeds gave rise to all seed plants (gymnosperms and angiosperms)  Together, gymnosperms and angiosperms are a monophyletic group  Extant gymnosperms form a clade  Group is a grade if you include extinct forms  Fossil evidence indicates origins in progymnosperm group about 360 MYA  Gametophytes are completely dependent on parent sporophytes for nutrition and are composed of only a few cells  Male gametophytes develop from microspores o Become pollen grains o Entire male gametophyte moved to the female as pollen grains o Cannot perform photosynthesis, depends on nutrients that came from the parent sporophyte  Means of transporting sperm to egg varies, but typically uses a growing pollen tube that does not require outside water  Moving pollen to vicinity of ovule called pollination; agents include wind, animals  Female gametophytes develop from megaspores within ovules o Ovule contains female gametophyte surrounded by nucellus (megasporangium) o Integuments o Micropyle o Cannot perform photosynthesis, depends on nutrients from the parent sporophyte  Seed develops from ovule o Seeds are highly resistant structures that allow for a dormant phase in the life cycle to wait out poor environmental conditions  Embryo protected by a seed coat, an extra layer of hardened tissue derived from sporophyte tissue in the ovule (sporophyte tissue from parent, not from embryo)  Seed coat o Enhanced protection from drought, cold, heat o Some protection from pathogens and predators o External water only needed at germination o Initial food supply for germinating plant is enclosed  Seeds replace spores as means of dispersal; can enhance means of dispersal  Seed plants together are a monophyletic group  Divided into two “groups” based on whether or not ovule is completely enclosed by sporophyte tissue at time of pollination o Gymnosperms—“naked seed” o Angiosperms—“covered seed” GYMNOSPERMS  There are almost certainly some extinct groups that would be classified as gymnosperms, and some of those were almost certainly more closely related to angiosperms than to extant gymnosperms  Thus, gymnosperms would be a grade if several groups had not died of  The gymnosperm group is composed of four phyla with living members o Essentially, all seed plants that are not angiosperms o All lack flowers and fruits that are found in angiosperms o Ovule not completely enclosed by sporophyte tissue at time of pollination o Instead, ovule sits exposed on a scale (a modified leaf)  The Gymnosperm Revolution and the Permian Period  Permian Period (290-248 MYA) followed Carboniferous: was relatively cool and dry. Most coal swamps dried up  Many SVPs (especially tree species) went extinct; gymnosperms prospered  Why? Pollen and seeds adapted to dry conditions  Four Phyla: o Phylum Coniferophyta (the conifers) o Phylum Cycadophyta (the cycads) o Phylum Ginkgophyta (Ginkgo) o Phylum Gnetophyta (the gnetophytes) CONIFEROPHYTA (the conifers)  Monophyletic group  ~600 living species; worldwide distribution, more common in cold or dry regions  Pines, spruces, firs, cedars, junipers, hemlocks, yews, larches, cypresses, redwoods  Nearly all are evergreen  Many have needle-shaped leaves adapted to dry conditions (resistant to water loss) o Thick cuticle o Stomata in pits  Importance: o Conifer forest biome (covers large part of Earth’s landmass) o Some communities in southeast dominated by conifers o Currently dominant in parts of North (and South) Temperate Zones  Superlatives: o Biological records (tallest living tree)  Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)  Grow on coast of California/Oregon  96% have been logged  Tallest coast redwood tree is 368 feet tall o Biological records (smallest trees?)  Pygmy forest in Mendocino County, CA o Biological records (largest tree)  Sequoiadendron gigantean (big tree)  In Sequoia National Park, CA  Base: 102 feet circumference  Weight: 2,145 tons  Volume: 52,500 cubic feet o Biological records (oldest tree) o Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva). Found in high mountains of deserts of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, etc  Oldest tree was 4,950 years. Cut down in 1964 by graduate student who got corer stuck in tree (USFS gave permission)  Now oldest known bristlecone (named Methuselah) is 4,840 years old, Location kept secret from public  Sources of timber, paper, resin, cancer drug taxol, etc.  “Soft” wood (unlike angiosperm trees, no vessels or fibers in xylem)  Economic impact: o Harvest for pulp and timber o Can cause controversy, especially when old-growth and clear-cuts are involved o Importance in Alabama: forestry #1 legal agricultural crop o Many pine plantations in the southeast o Medicines: example, taxol o Antitumor agent. First extracted from bark of Pacific Yew (Taxus) tree o Now made synthetically  Importance: o Threatened by humans (acid rain and forest decline) o Acid rain areas (below) include some conifer forests o Acid rain and other stresses cause “forest decline”, weakness and death of conifer trees o Seen in N. Europe and N. America  Pines as a representative group o Over 100 species o Native to Northern hemisphere o Typically thick bark (survive fires, drought) o Secrete resin from leaves and bark  Response to wounding  Deters fungal and insect attacks  Source of turpentine (volatile liquid, organic solvent) and solid rosin  Pine tree is sporophyte, with sporangia located on cones  Gametophyte generations reduced; retained within sporangia o Male gametophyte is pollen grain (no antheridium) o Female gametophyte produces archegonia within ovule  Heterosporous: separate male and female cones  Male cones (pollen cones) o Clusters of 30-70, usually at tips of lower branches o 1-4 cm long: papery scales in spirals or whorls o Pair of microsporangia sacs within each scale o Microspore mother cells in microsporangia form haploid microspores o Each microspore becomes 4-celled pollen grain (via 2 rounds of mitosis) o Pollen grain carried by wind (pair of air sacs provides buoyancy) o One cluster of pollen cones can yield over 1 million pollen grains  Female cone (ovulate cones): o Cone scales with ovules on them o Typically on upper branches of same tree with pollen cones o Larger than pollen cones; scales become woody (highly lignified) o Pair of ovules develop at base of each scale  Megasporangium called nucellus embedded in each ovule  Nucellus is nutritive tissue surrounded by thick integument (covering) with hole (micropyle) near one end  One layer of integument later becomes seed coat o Single megaspore mother cell in each megasporangium o Produces 4 haploid megaspores; 3 break down o Surviving megaspore develops over about one year into female gametophyte with sometimes thousands of cells o Female gametophyte has 2-6 archegonia, at micropylar end o Each archegonium has one large egg (visible without a microscope) o Female cones take two or more seasons to mature  Female gametophyte has several arhegonia, each with an egg  Reproduction o Scales of ovulate cone open o Pollen lands near micropyle, caught by sticky fluid o Evaporating fluid pulls pollen through micropyle to ovule o Scales close (female gametophyte not mature) o Pollen grain germinates, forming pollen tube that digests through nucellus (takes about 15 months to reach archegonium) o One of the four pollen grain cells (the generative cell) undergoes mitosis; one of the products divides again, making two sperm cells o Mature male gametophyte is germinated pollen grain with pollen tube and sperm o When archegonium is reached, one sperm fertilizes egg  Zygote develops into embryo as surrounding ovule becomes seed o Usually only one successful zygote per ovule o Embryo (new sporophyte, 2N) has rudimentary root, several embryonic leaves (cotyledons) o Food source in seed drives from rest of female gametophyte (1N) (eats its mother) o Integument (2N tissue from parent sporophyte) becomes hard protective seed  Scales of cone open and separate; winged seeds disperse  From initial ovulate cone formation to final seed production 3 years or more  Pollen grain is immature male gametophyte (microgametophyte)  Male gametophyte matures in ovule, when pollen tube and sperm cell are made. Entire male gametophyte is just a few cells  Ovule contains megasporangium. Meiosis produces megagametophyte, which makes archegonia, still kept in megasporangium  Fertilization takes place and embryo digests female gametophyte  Seed is baby plant (embryo), in box (seed coat from parent sporophyte tissue), with its lunch (female gametophyte)  Male gametophyte (immature) small, protected by microspore wall, flies through air to female gametophyte  No swimming sperm; male gametophyte delivers sperm to female gametophyte protected by ovule in female cone  Embryo nourished b megametophyte and protected by cone of sporophyte  Seed has hard protective coat, supply of food (megametophyte); can be dispersed to a new location  Embryo can be dormant: allows new sporophyte to wait for good conditions to germinate CYCADOPHYTA (the cycads):  Monophyletic group  ~200 living species, tropical and subtropical; many in danger of extinction  Along with conifers, dominated Mesozoic era (245 MYA-65 MYA)  Slow-growing; some grow >15 m tall  Most resemble palm trees, but produce cones (female cones up to 45 kgs, or 100 lbs)  Have life cycle similar to pines  Unusual sperm o Have thousands of flagella arranged in spirals o Swim within ovule to archegonium o Largest sperm known GINKGOPHYTA (Ginkgo):  Monophyletic  1 living species, Ginkgo biloba (also known as the maidenhair tree)  Exists only in cultivation (no natural native populations remain); first cultivated in Japan and China  Deciduous—lose leaves annually  Flagellated sperm (similar to cycads)  Dioecious  Stinky seed coverings (produce butyric acid, making the smell of rancid butter)  Males often planted on city streets (do not stink like females; resistant to air pollution) GNETOPHYTA (the gnetophytes):  Modern genetic studies support this as a monophyletic group  ~70 living species in 3 genera: Welwitschia, Ephedra, and Gnetum  Based on physiology was once considered paraphyletic with angiosperms as closer relatives to Gnetum than the rest of the group o Vessels in xylem of Gnetum (common in angiosperms, found only in these gymnosperms) o Members of Gnetum have broad leaves similar to angiosperm leaves  Welwitschia—bizarre plants of southwest African deserts o Stem is shallow cup that tapers into a taproot o Two leathery leaves (often split) grow continuously from base o Conelike reproductive structures at leaf base o Dioecious—separate male and female plants  Ephedra common in Mexico an southwestern US, but found on most continents o Shrubby, stems resemble horsetails (jointed, with tiny scale-like leaved at each node) o Some species monoecious (male and female parts on same plant), some dioecious o Drug Ephedrine, historically extracted mainly from a Chinese species of Ephedra KINGDOM PLANTAE: ANGIOSPERMS ANTHROPHYTA (flowering plants):  Anthro- flower  Also known as angiosperms (angeion- vessel or enclosure; sperma- seed)  Ovules enclosed within carpel (parent diploid sporophytic tissue) at pollination o The “vessel” is the carpel, which is a modified leaf o Carpels, especially their enlarged basal portion (the ovary), usually develop into fruit, which is unique to angiosperms  About 250,000 known living species (dominant photosynthetic organism on land)  Predominant source of human food  Most widespread and diverse plant phylum o Range from microscopic to plants with leaves over 6 m long o Flowers show incredible variety from species to species o Variety of lifestyles  Monophyletic group with seeds, refined xylem, double fertilization, and these synapomorphic characteristics: o Seed contains endosperm o Presence of flowers (modified stems and leaves) o True fruits  Evolutionary history o Monophyletic group o Origin about 140 MYA  Historically divided into two classes, dicots and monocots o Recent genetic analysis has shown that the traditional dicots are a paraphyletic group o Thus, the old classification scheme is being replace  No conclusive cladogram has been produced for angiosperms o Studies are ongoing o Most modern cladograms have Amborella as a sister group to the rest of the angiosperms o Within the rest, water lilies are a sister group to the others  Various class-level groupings have been proposed o The overall naming and formal classification within Phylum Anthophyta is still in a state of flux o Nevertheless, by far most of the living angiosperms species are found within two monophyletic groups, eudicots and monocots  Eudicots o Most have embryo which have two cotyledons (seed leaves) o Leaves have netlike veins o Flower part typically in multiples of four or five o Groups of vascular tissue in a ring o Pollen grains mostly with 3 or more apertures o Endosperm mostly used up in mature eudicot seeds o About 175,000 living species; includes nearly all flowering trees and shrubs o About a sixth are annuals (entire growth cycle in one year or less)  Monocots o Embryos have one cotyledon o Leaves have essentially parallel veins o Flower part typically in multiples of 3 o Groups of vascular tissues scattered o Pollen grains mostly in one aperture o Endosperm typically present in mature monocot seeds o About 65,000 living species o No true wood (bamboo is not true wood) o Few annuals o Examples: grasses (including many crop plants such as corn, wheat, etc.); lilies, irises, orchids, onions, and many more  130 MYA two major continental masses o Laursia- North America, Europe, and Asia o Gondwanaland- South America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India, and New Zealand  The geographic and temporal origin of the angiosperms remains under considerable debate  Clear angiosperm fossils date back at least to 125 MYA in Laurasia  Advantages of flowering plants o Transfer of pollen over great distances promotes outcrossing o Efficient seed dispersal via fruit o Endosperm gives seedlings a fast start o Leaves appropriate for fast growth in hot, dry environment  Coevolution with insects o Dominant by ~80 MYA, second half of Cretaceous Period o All present angiosperm families represented by this time o Many insect orders appeared or became more abundant at this time FLOWERS  Modified stems with modified leaves  Develop as primordium bud at end of stalk called pedicel  Pedicel widens to form receptacle  Other flower parts attached to receptacle in four whorls; from outside in: o Calyx—sepals o Corolla—petals o Androecium—stamens o Gynoecium—carpels  Calyx—sepals; usually green, leaf-like, and protect immature flower  Corolla—petals; usually colorful, attract pollinators, together with calyx called perianth  Androecium—stamens, male reproductive structures o Filament and anther o Microspores produced within anther, shed as pollen  Gynoecium- female reproductive structure o Center location is most protected o Formed from leaf-like structure with ovules along margin o Edges fold inwards around ovules, forming carpels o Primitive: many separate carpels o Advanced: carpels fused (called pistil)  Carpel/pistil segments o Ovary- swollen base with 1 to hundreds of ovules; develops into fruit o Stigma- tip; sticky and/or feathery to catch pollen o Style- usually present; separates stigma from ovary  Nectaries may be present at base of pistil; secrete sugar, amino acids, and other compounds to attract pollinators  Female gametophyte o Single diploid megaspore mother cell in ovule undergoes meiosis while flower develops o Of four haploid megaspores produced, usually three break down o Remaining megaspores expands and replicates and divides until there are eight haploid nuclei in two groups of four o One nuclei from each group migrates toward center; these are polar nuclei o Polar nuclei usually fuse to make a diploid nucleus, but may remain separate—in either case, they wind up in a single cell o Cell walls form around other nuclei, creating the 7-celled, 8-nucleate embryo sac or megagametophyte (female gametophyte) o Meanwhile, two layers (integuments) of ovule develop into seed coat with micropyle (small opening) o In the megagametophyte, one of the cells closest to the micropyle becomes the egg; the other two there are synergids o The three cells on the other end (the antipodals) eventually break down  Male gametophyte o Anthers with patches of tissue that become chambers lined with nutritive cells o Each patch has many diploid microspore mother cells o Microspore mother cell undergoes meiosis, making 4 haploid microspores that typically remain grouped in a tetrad o Each microspore nucleus replicates and divides once (via mitosis) without cytokinesis (meaning they remain as one cell with two nuclei, a binculeate microspore) o Usually, tetrad breaks up o Two-layered wall develops around each binucleate microspore, now called a pollen grain  Pollen grain o Outer wall—sculptured, appearance usually species specific, often has chemicals that can react with an appropriate stigma to stimulate pollen tube formation o Apertures in outer wall—where pollen tube may grow out; eudicots—usually 3, monocots—usually one  Pollination- transfer of pollen to a stigma o Usually between flowers of separate plants o Agents include wind, water, gravity, mammals, bird, insects o Various reward systems for animal agents (pollen, nectar, etc) o Evolution of floral characteristics associated with pollination o Some plants self-pollinate (inbreeding) - pollen to same plant o Pollination followed by fertilization only if chemical signals are right  Fertilization o Pollen grain cytoplasm absorbs substances from stigma o Bulge forms through an aperture in pollen grain; becomes a pollen tube o Pollen tube follows chemical gradient through style to micropyle  Chemicals difuse from embryo sac  Micropyle usually reached within a few days (up to a year in some species) o Pollen grain has two nuclei; one, the generative nucleus, lags behind o Generative nucleus undergoes mitosis to make two non- flagellated sperm; this may occur in pollen grain or in pollen tube (male gametophyte now mature) o Pollen tube enters embryo sac, destroying a synergid o Double fertilization – essentially unique to angiosperms  One sperm unites with egg, forming zygote  Other sperm unites with polar nuclei, forming 3N primary endosperm  Primary endosperm rapidly undergoes many cycles of mitosis, forming endosperm  Endosperm provides nutrients for embryo; in many seeds, it is gone by the time the seed is mature o Seed coat hardens o Remaining haploid cells degenerate o Now have seed with 2N embryo, 3N endosperm, and 2N seed coat (seed coat from parent female tissue) LIFE CYCLE  Zygote grows into embryo, endosperm also grows  Embryo uses endosperm for nourishment (eats sibling)  Seed: baby plant (embryo), in box (seed coat, make from integuments), with its lunch (endosperm)  Seed or seeds develop inside of ovary  Ovary wall in pistil becomes pericarp in fruit SEEDS  Embryo – quickly forms all systems, then growth arrested (dormancy)—mature seed about 10% water, very low metabolic activity  Typically, dormancy occurs just after first leaves (cotyledons, or seed leaves) form  Stored food (in angiosperms, 3N endosperm and/or cotyledons)  Seed coat- tough, relatively impermeable o Protection from predators, pathogens o Protection from desiccation, harsh conditions (crucial on land) o May allow seed to last hundreds of years  Dormancy broken only when conditions are right (seed bank in soil)  Germination=breaking dormancy=resuming metabolic activity, growing out of seed coat; occurs after water penetrates seed coat to embryo, bringing oxygen FRUITS—Mature Ovaries  Terms below are examples only, don’t try to memorize all of these for exams  Fleshy—pomes (apples), drupes (peaches), hesperidiums (oranges), pepos (melons, gourds), aggregate fruits (strawberries, raspberries), multiple fruits (pineapple, fig)  Dry—follicles (milkweed, magnolia), legumes (peas, beans), siliques and silicles (mustards), capsules (irises, lilies, orchids), caryopses (grasses), nuts (chestnuts, hazelnuts, acorns), achenes (sunflowers), samaras (maples, elms, ashes), schizocarps (parsleys)  Dispersal o By wind  Wings- maples  Parachutes- dandelions, milkweeds  Dust-like seeds- orchids o By water- coconuts o By vertebrates  Fleshy, edible fruits (blue, black, red)—seeds often deposited in feces  Dry, edible- nuts, others—squirrels bury and forget about them  Dry, inedible- hooks to grasp hair, feathers (cockleburs, etc.) o By explosive dehiscence (jewelweed, others)  Stolons- runners – long slender stems that grow along soil (strawberries)  Rhizomes—underground stems—common in grasses; bulbs and tubers are rhizomes specialized for storage (potatoes)  Suckers—roots produces sprouts that grow into new plants (apple, raspberry, banana)  Adventitious leaves—numerous plantlets develop from tissue in notches along leaves  Apomixes—embryos in seeds may be produced sexually  Artificial: cuttings (for some species, can get roots to grow with appropriate environment) FLORAL EVOLUTION  First flowers o Numerous spirally arranged sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels o Petals and sepals similar in color and form o All parts free (not fused)  Parts o Complete- calyx + corolla + androecium + gynoecium o Incomplete- one or more whorls absent o Perfect- has both androecium and gynoecium o Imperfect- missing either androecium or gynoecium o Complete flowers are always perfect; incomplete flowers can be either perfect or imperfect  Trends o Separate floral parts grouped together or fused  Connation- fusing within a whorl  Adnation- fusing between whorls (for example, sepals and petals fused together) o Reduction or loss of floral parts o Bilateral symmetry instead of radial symmetry  Ancestral type: radial symmetry; examples: buttercups, geranium, lilies  Derived type: bilateral symmetry; examples: snapdragons, orchids  Bilateral symmetry in some cases has arisen independently in diferent groups  Pollination Mechanisms (pollination syndromes) o Wind—passive, primitive (oaks, cottonwoods, birches, grasses)  Copious amounts of pollen  Most pollen travels no more than 100 m  Flowers small, greenish, odorless  Corollas reduced or absent  Often grouped in large numbers, may hand gown with tassels that wave in wind and shed pollen freely  Male and female parts often well separated on plant to reduce chance of self-pollination  Often flower before leaves grow—keeps leaves out of the way o Animals—some cycads and gnetophytes also have this, so symplesiomorphic trait  Bees—most numerous of insect-pollinated plants use bees  Find via odor  Orient via shape, color, and texture  Usually blue or yellow flowers, bee sees in ultraviolet  Many have stripes or lines of dots (nectar guides) to indicate nectaries  Nectar ofered as food for bees (pollen also)  Often close association between a bee species and a plant species o Flower only open when bees are active o Pollen collecting apparatus specific for particular plant  Sexual mimics  Flowers that mimic female bees or wasps  Look/smell like females  Males attempt to mate, pick up pollen, then fly to another flower and repeat process  No reward supplied to male  Other insects  Butterflies—flower usually has flat landing platform and long, slender floral tubes for long proboscis  Moths—flower usually white, yellow, or other pale color, heavily scented, typically need to be found at night  Flies—flower usually smells and somewhat appears like feces or rotting meat  Beetle—large flowers, copious pollen; beetle may eat other flower parts  Birds o Large amounts of nectar o Red—bees can’t see red, less likely to feed on the copious nectar o Usually odorless—birds have a poor sense of smell o Often in long, thick tube  Mammals (bats especially)—uncommon, but for some species is the only means of pollination; variety of appearances o In US, saguaro cactus is one of few bat- pollinated species  Self-pollination o Small, inconspicuous flowers o Shed pollen directly onto stigma (or falls there by gravity); often before bud opens o Advantageous occasionally because no other plant is needed and no vector is needed—good when pollinators aren’t around (arctic, mountains) o If you are well-adapted, might as well produce clones o Disadvantage of genetic load of bad mutations FLY FLOWER STORIES  Ex: Rafflesia of Sumatra  Largest single flower on Earth  Largest inflorescence is made by fly-pollinated plant, the Corpse- flower PROMOTING OUTCROSSING  Staminate and pistallate flowers  Dioecious- separate sexes  What about plants that are monoecious? –several options still left  Dichogamous—stamens and pistils reach maturity at diferent times  Stigma and stamens don’t touch (includes heterostyle)  Genetic self-incompatibility—pollen tube arrested or never germinates


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