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Table 2 Number of germinated pollen grains on the stigma after pollination in four water lotus crosses

From: Factors influencing fecundity in experimental crosses of water lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) cultivars

Time after pollination (h) Number of germinated pollen grains per stigma
GA AG MQ QM
0.5 15.0 ± 2.4d 8.4 ± 2.9c 3.0 ± 1.2c 1.0 ± 0.7d
2 31.2 ± 3.4b 16.6 ± 2.1b 7.8 ± 1.8b 3.2 ± 1.3bc
4 60.6 ± 4.6a 25.8 ± 3.2a 10.0 ± 3.2a 4.8 ± 2.4a
8 23.0 ± 2.6c 13.2 ± 2.7b 6.4 ± 1.8b 3.6 ± 1.1b
12 11.4 ± 2.3d 6.2 ± 1.9c 4.2 ± 1.6c 2.6 ± 1.1c
  1. Values (mean ± standard deviation) followed by the same letter are not significantly different at α = 0.05 with the Bonferroni t-test. Twenty stigmas were used at each time in each cross, and these stigmas were randomly collected from three flowers (each flower usually had 20–35 stigmas) on three plants at each time-point. GA, ‘Guili’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Aijiangnan’ (pollen donor); AG, ‘Aijiangnan’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Guili’ (pollen donor); MQ, ‘Molingqiuse’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Qinhuaiyanzhi’ (pollen donor); QM, ‘Qinhuaiyanzhi’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Molingqiuse’ (pollen donor).