Palynology Invitation Suite

Palynology is the study of pollen, spores, and similar palynomorphs, in both living and fossil form. The earliest microscopic observation of pollen was made by the English botanist Nehemiah Grew in the 1640s. Carl Julius Fritzsche (1808 – 1871) was a German pharmacist, chemist, and palynologist. He received his doctorate in Berlin with a thesis on pollen, written in 1833. The drawings in this suite come from his book, “Ueber den Pollen,” written in 1837. They feature magnifications of pollen from the garden phlox, hollyhock, globe amaranth, morning glory, and passion flower.

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