These pictures and quotes were donated
from a sexing thread about identifying females by their
pre-flowers (primordia) which was authored by "Crazy
Composer". The pictures alone speak a thousand words...
Note: The plant parts marked with an "X" are called
"stipules", they appear on both male and female plants.
This diagram shows the difference (on a
slightly more mature plant) between genuine pre-flowers
and actual bud sites, which are - in fact different
further distance, but quite clear-cut.
I know how it
is for some of the newer growers who are eagerly
anticipating their first view of an actual marijuana
flower. Well, this is what it looks like, play your
cards right and you'll have thousands of these hairs
clumped tightly together and covered in crystals that
will smell so nice. Don't worry, it's coming.