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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Corn hair

I've been growing sweetcorn again this year.  In my eagerness to see if the corn was ready, I opened up an ear. Inside were many strands of golden hair, each strand came from its own kernal.  Apparently, this hair is called 'silk' and the pollen from the tassels (at the top of the husk) falls onto the 'silk' which in turn pollinates it and forms corn kernels.  Fascinating.

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