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Solving the puzzle of mirror-image flowers

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The genetically controlled orientation of floral sex organs encourages cross-pollination.

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  1. Department of Botany, University of Toronto, 25 Willcocks Street, Toronto, M5S 3B2, Ontario, Canada

    • Linley K. Jesson
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