We all had a biology class that taught us the parts of a flower. The pistil, calyx, and trichomes are the most important parts of the cannabis flower bud to a patient, unless you're planning to grow your cannabis.My husband and I were part of a volunteer group of 60 marijuana growers, and I loved, really loved, spending my days inside of the warehouse that held all the growers individual growing tents. Many of the pictures I have and use are from those days.
The pistil in the cannabis flower bud is the orange 'hair' you see in the dried product. Although they do not specifically affect the potency or flavor of the strain, the pistils help catch the pollen from a male plant and are important in reproduction. The calyx, easier to find on a fresh flower rather than the dried bud, is a small tear shaped gland that has a lot of trichomes.