Virtual Museum of Canada
Jardin botanique de Montréal 
Centre for Forest Research

Creating the next generation

Once the flower, whether perfect or female, is fertilized, it begins to metamorphose. While one or more seeds develop within it, the flower changes into a fruit. This photo shows a female maple flower fertilized by the anemophilous (Dissemination under the action of wind.) pollen of a male flower. The flower is right in the midst of changing into the fruit, or double samara, which contains the seeds for the next generation. And so begins a new life cycle.


Photo of a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) flower changing into a fruit, a samara
Acer platanoides
© Benoît Hamel
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