Sacred Lotus Leaf, SEM

Sacred Lotus Leaf, SEM

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Credit: TED KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: SEM of the leaf top of a Sacred Lotus leaf (Nelumbo nucifera). The top of the leaf contains micro-structures that repel water droplets better than any other material in nature. The lotus leaf, an example of a super-hydrophobic plant. The ability of the leaf to repel water is enhanced by the surface roughness. The calibration bar is 10 um and the image was collected at a magnification of 7,940 x.

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Keywords: botany, flowering part, hydrophobic, leaf, lotus, nature, nelumbo nucifera, parts, plant, plants, repel, rough, roughness, sacred lotus, scanning electron micrograph, sem, water repellent

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