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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) Pollen Through the Microscope

Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) Pollen

This is pollen collected from a Desert Globemallow flower found in Arizona. It has been dewaxed with alcohol but not acetalized. The mounting medium is MeltMount with a refractive index of 1.704. This is at equitorial focus.

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KINGDOM: Plantae UNRANKED: Angiosperms UNRANKED: Eudicots UNRANKED: Rosids ORDER: Malvales FAMILY: Malvaceae GENUS: Sphaeralcea SPECIES: ambigua

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