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Bluebell : Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Plant :  Bluebell grows in abundance in rural Northumbrian woodland, forming carpets of blue flowers, in dappled shade, beneath the leafless trees of the spring.  The nectar is difficult for honeybees to reach but can be a useful source of nectar.  It is a perennial bulb and belongs to the Asparagaceae family.  The plant produce a slender tubular stem, which grows to 40cm.

Flower : The trumpet shaped, dropping blue flowers grow in umbels and are 20mm across.  The tepals are petal-like and are joined at the base.  There are 6 tepals and 6 stamens, which vary in length.  It flowers between April and June.

Pollen : The pollen load of bluebell is yellow.  The grain is oval in shape and has two furrow type pores.  It is 58 um in size.  The surface is smooth and the exine is thin.

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