nectar and pollen

Nectar is a sweet substance, produced by some plants to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bees collect nectar and make it into honey. While collecting the nectar, pollinators accidentally transfer pollen from male flowers to female flowers.

Pollen is a fine powder of microscopic particles from the male flower that can fertilize the female flower to produce seed. Pollen is produced by anthers, the male reproductive organs found in most flowering plants.


  1. Comment by Skylar Westad

    What is the name of the person who made this website?

  2. Comment by admin

    Hi Skylar. The name’s D’Arcy Vallance. I’m an author of books and videos for learners of English. I originally made the search engine at the top of this page because I often wanted to know the difference between similar words and I found that dictionaries don’t always help. I hope you found it useful.

  3. Comment by Jackie

    very useful, thank you very much. I am a horticultural student and the study notes didn’t clarify the distinction. I guess they assumed we know it already.

  4. Comment by Emma Bussell

    Hi D’Arcy Vallance. could you please tell me when you wrote this. I would love to be able to reference you in my lesson plan but cannot find the necessary information.
    thank you

  5. Comment by admin

    Thanks for your comment, Emma. It was 24/2/2008.

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