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Where does pollination occur in a flower?

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Pollination occurs in the stigma of a flower, which is the female reproductive part of the flower. After pollination, the seeds grow in the base of the pistil, which is called the ovule.

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Pollination allows for the generation of seeds, which in turn form the source for new plants. Pollination occurs in the flower of a plant. The flower contains both male and female parts. The male part is called the stamen and has a sticky top that contains pollen. The female part comprises of the stigma, pistil and the ovule. The stigma is the sticky top of the slender pistil. The ovule is found at the base of the pistil.

Pollination can occur between the stamen and the stigma of the same flower (as is the case with self-pollination) or between the stamen and stigma of flowers from different plants (cross pollination). Pollination can occur with the help of wind, insects, birds or animals. The pollen from the stamen is transferred to the sticky stigma of the flower.

After the deposition of pollen onto the stigma, a pollen tube grows down the pistil and into the ovule of the flower. Upon reaching the ovule, the male gametes are transferred down the pollen tube and fertilize the female gamete. The seed grows within the ovule until it is ready for dispersion and germination.

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