Updated on August 28, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
An Anther is part of the anatomy of a cannabis plant. It is an oval-shaped sac that is situated towards the end of the stamen. This is the place where pollen is produced and stored. The pollen is then released male plant. The anthers if not disturbed will scatter pollen into the air.
In cannabis farming, the pollen from the anthers can be applied to the female cannabis plants in order to develop a cross between two strains. In a flower, the pod-like anther remains attached to the slender filament like stamen. In the cannabis plant, usually about six anthers can be found surrounding the center of the flower. These anthers come in varied colors such as light yellow and even deep red.
The anther of a flower predominantly plays the role of producing pollen of flowering plants. The pollen of the anther serves as the male sperm for reproduction. Pollinators such as bumblebees are attracted by the anther. These bees further help in the dissemination of pollen to the female plants for reproduction. This pollen reaches the pistil of a female cannabis plant and reproduction takes place.
What are cannabis strains? They are either pure or hybrid varieties of the plant genus cannabis, which includes the species C. sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis. To learn more, check out MarijuanaDoctors.com‘s directory of marijuana strains.