(Latin: fertilizing male elements of flowers; fine flour; milldust; spores; powder)

cross-pollination (s) (noun), cross-pollinations (pl)
1. The transfer of pollen from the flower of one plant to the flower of a plant having a different genetic constitution.
2. A sharing or interchange of knowledge, ideas, etc., as for mutual enrichment; cross-fertilization.
open pollination, open-pollination
Pollination by insects, birds, wind, or other natural mechanisms.

The seeds of open-pollinated plants will produce new generations of those plants.

1. The fine powderlike material consisting of pollen grains that is produced by the anthers of seed plants.
2. The fertilizing element of flowering plants, consisting of fine, powdery, yellowish grains or spores, sometimes in masses.

As a botanical term for the fertilizing element of flowers (from Linnæus, 1751), earlier "dust" (1523); from Latin pollen, "mill dust, fine flour", related to polenta, "peeled barley", and pulvis, "dust". Pollination is first recorded in 1875, from French pollination; formed in 1812 from Latin pollen.

Consisting of meal or pollen.
Refers to feeders on pollen produced by plant stamens.

Certain pollenophagous insects cause more severe damage by clearing a path to the stamens than by collecting pollen. Pollen constitutes an important food resource for numerous beneficial insects.

pollinate, pollenate
To transfer pollen from an anther to the stigma of (a flower).
pollination, pollenation
Transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma of a plant.
1. An insect that carries pollen from one flower to another.
2. An animal which carries pollen from one seed plant to another, unwittingly aiding the plant in its reproduction.

Common pollinators include insects, especially bees, butterflies, and moths, birds, and bats.

Relating to pollen.
polliniferous, polleniferous
1. Producing or yielding pollen.
2. Adapted for carrying pollen.
pollinium (s), pollinia (pl)
1. An agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.
2. A coherent mass of pollen grains (as in orchids).
Having the surface covered with a fine yellow dust, like pollen.
pollinosis, pollenosis
1. Hay fever caused by an allergic reaction to pollen.
2. A seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen

An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, most often characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen.

The transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma of the same flower, another flower on the same plant, or the flower of a plant of the same clone.