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  • n. Plural form of pollinium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of pollinium.

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Examples

  • Different scents draw the flies to the right location to pick up the pollen, which is bundled into grains called pollinia.

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  • The heavy, sticky nature of orchids' "pollinia" has significant evolutionary consequences.

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  • The pollen spores are usually aggregated into two or four waxy masses ( "pollinia," sing. pollinium), which usually can only be removed by the agency of insects upon which all but a very few orchids are absolutely dependent for the pollination of the flowers.

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  • In the process they pick up pollinia – masses of pollen grains produced by the orchids.

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  • The pollinia are dislodged and stick to the wasp, who eventually extricates himself and flies off, sadder but apparently no wiser: he goes on to repeat the performance on another hammer orchid, where he and the pollinia he bears are duly dashed against the anvil, so that his cargo finds its destined refuge on the female organs of the flower.

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  • This time, however, as the bee struggles through the hole in the bucket, the pollinia are scraped off, and they fertilize the stigma of this second orchid.

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  • When they move on to try to sting another spider orchid, the pollinia are transferred.

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  • While he is held in their grip, they glue two pollinia to his back.

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  • The glue takes a while to set, after which the jaws again relax and release the bee, who flies off, complete with pollinia on his back.

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  • Though some orchids can self-pollinate -- including, notably, O. apifera, the bee orchid -- many rely on visiting insects to transport pollinia on their heads from plant to plant.

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