Now, for everyone's favorite topic: reproduction!

    Hyacinth produce nectar, a liquid rich in sugar that attracts insects such as bees to the flower. As the insect feeds on the nectar, it picks up pollen (microgametophytes, which eventually produce the male gametes/sperm cells) from the anther of the stamen, or the male reproductive parts, and spreads it to the next flower it lands on. Once the insect lands on the next flower, the pollen attaches to the stigma and travels down the style to the ovary where it fertilizes the ovule. This fertilization process marks the beginning of seed production, a necessary part of reproduction in angiosperm. The picture below illustrates the parts of a flower - the pistil includes the stigma, style, ovary, and ovules and is the female part of the flower, whereas the stamen, which includes the anther and the filament, is the male part of the flower.


Hyacinth are "forced" to reproduce by those cultivating it by removing the new flower bulbs soon after they appear and planting those. While reproduction can occur in this manner naturally, the other method is far more likely.

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