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Unpollinated, cross-pollinated and self-pollinated stigmas of Brussels sprouts and kale were examined in a scanning electron microscope as fresh uncoated specimens. The stigmatic papillae are closely appressed in young stigmas, but are held apart in the mature stigma by the swollen bases of the papilla cells. Some self-pollen tubes show obvious signs of inhibition by being very short, or by coiling over the surface of the papilla without penetrating it. Other self-pollen tubes appear to behave like cross-pollen tubes by producing tubes which penetrate papillae directly. The implications of these observations for the identification of the site of the incompatibility reaction are discussed.