Last Updated: November 20, 2018

Definition - What does Stamen mean?

Known as the male reproductive organs in flowers, stamens produce pollen and feature two main parts: the stalk and the anther. The anther opens to release pollen, which is carried by the wind or pollinating insect to the female reproductive organ, which is called a pistil, on another flower.

Known as pollination, this process ensures plant reproduction and involves different parts of the plant, including its gametes and ovules.

MaximumYield explains Stamen

The stamen consists of the anther, which is the site where pollen develops. In most plant species, the stamen also consists of a filament-like stalk that transmits various types of nutrients and water towards the anther. Anthers are normally attached to the middle or the base of the filament and tend to be two-lobed. This process has been known to help pollen dispersal as well as propagation.

A collection of flowers in the same flower is known as androecium. In some flowers, such as the Canna species, one can find up to 3,482 stamens in the same plant.

When both the male and female reproductive systems exist on the same plant, the plant is said to be monoecious. Monoecious plants possess some flowers that are female and others that are male, as revealed by their stamens in males and pistils in females. A dioecious plant is one where the male and female reproductive systems occur on separate plants.

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