Western Red Alder Pollen
This pollen grain is slightly swollen due to the early spring rain that accompanied the collection of this grain.
This grain has the typical 5-pore structure. The granulate surface sculpturing is lost in the starch grain structure inside the grain. The
characteristic arcs are shown by their terminations as bright spots on either side beneath the pores.
Transmitted Oblique Off Crossed Circular Polarized Light Illumination
Western Red Alder (Alnus rubra)
Significance in the Environment:
In the Pacific Northwest Alder pollen may appear as early as January and may persist into April. It is one of the most prolific pollen producers
and will mark indoor environments with a date stamp. The fresh pollen is loaded with starch grains, which carry the allergen. The grain will
be present long after the starch grains have disappeared but the allergen may still be present but now spread out onto adjacent particles as well.
Check your local pollen statistics to determine the most likely time for the deposition of this pollen at your site.
Alnus rubra has about 70% 5-pored grains, about 20% 4-pored grains, and about 10% 6-pored grains. It is stephanoporate, all of the pores are in
the equitorial plane of the grain. It is strongly oblate, is granulate (scabrate), and has characteristic arcs between the pores.
Faegri, Knut and Johs Iversen, TEXTBOOK OF POLLEN ANALYSIS, Hafner Publishing Company, 1964.
Kapp, Ronald O., HOW TO KNOW POLLEN AND SPORES, Wm. C. Brown Company, 1969.
Moore, P.D., J. A. Webb, and M. E. Collinson, POLLEN ANALYSIS, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1991