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An anther is an oval-shaped sac near the tip of a plant’s stamen. Anthers dangle from filaments located below sepals, specifically on male cannabis plants. The flowers contain around five sepals that are usually green in colour, but sometimes purple.

Pollen is produced, held, and released by the male cannabis plant. Anthers have the capacity to release millions of pollen grains.

When breeding cannabis plants, this pollen can be gathered up from anthers and applied to the female plants in an effort to cross-breed, resulting in a hybrid strain. Very mature anthers will look somewhat like a bunch of small bananas. (Anthers are sometimes even referred to as “bananas”.)

When pollen grains fly into the air, some will make it to the pistil of a female plant. Pollination is ideal as soon as the anthers begin to show on a plant.

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The anthers on those cannabis plants contained a lot of pollen that was released into the air when they were disturbed.

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