Foldscoping pollen of Fenugreek- a multipurpose crop

Fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum-graecum) is multipurpose crop known for its medicinal and nutritional value (food and fodder both). It is an annual winter plant of the family Fabaceae.

The plant has trifoliate compound leaves with somewhat small, obovate leaflets, Flowers are typically yellow coloured and triangular shaped. Calyx is cup shaped with papilionaceous corolla. Stamens form a diadelphous condition with 9 fused in one whorl and one remaining separate. Fruit is a curved pod bearing medicinally important seeds.

Pollen were isolated from anthers of kitchen garden cultivated Fenugreek flowers and studied under foldscope.

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