Leaf hairs on lamb's ears plant

Leaf hairs on lamb's ears plant

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Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph of leaf hairs on the leaf surface of the popular garden plant, Stachys lanata, commonly called lamb's ears. The plant is grown as ground cover in gardens & for its attractive silver foliage. The silver/grey effect of the leaves is achieved by the dense covering of fine hairs criss crossing the surface. Visible beneath the fringe of hairs, like miniature hillocks, are the epidermal cells, each sprouting several hairs per cell. The hairs serve several functions; preventing undue water loss, limiting the scalding effect of the sun & reflecting damaging ultraviolet light away from the living cells. Magnification: X 7 at 35mm size. Original is BW print B745/067.

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Keywords: botany, epidermis, lamb's ears, leaf, leaf hair, leaves, nature, plant, plants, scanning electron micrograph, sem, silver foliage, stachys lanata

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