The part of a stamen in a flower that produces pollen.
Late 19th century: from modern latin anthera, from greek anthērē pollen-sac, from anthos flower.
- The anthers of the flower contain the male gametes which will fertilize the female gametes.
- The anthers are usually found on the top of the stamen, where they are easily accessible to visiting insects.
- The anthers of many flowers release their pollen when they are touched or vibrated by a visiting insect.
- In order to ensure successful fertilization, it is important to examine the anthers of a flower to make sure they are mature and producing pollen.
- The anthers play a crucial role in the reproduction of plants, as they are responsible for producing the pollen that will fertilize the female reproductive organs.