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American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) Pollen Through the Microscope

American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) Pollen

This is pollen collected from an American Sweetgum Tree. It has been dewaxed with alcohol but not acetalized. The mounting medium is Cargille Melt Mount with a refractive index of 1.704. This is at equitorial focus.

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KINGDOM: Plantae /Angiosperms /Eudicots /Core Eudicots ORDER: Saxifragales FAMILY: Altingiaceae GENUS: Liquidambar SPECIES: styraciflua

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