Scutiform (shield-like) leaf hairs

Scutiform (shield-like) leaf hairs

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scutiform (shield-like) leaf hairs on the undersurface of a leaf from the Japanese evergreen shrub Eleagans pungens maculata. The shrub is widely grown for its foliage, which is yellow & green on top ("maculata") & brown underneath due to these hairs, or trichomes. The elaborate leaf hairs shield the stomata (pores in the leaf surface which regulate gaseous exchange with the environment) & prevent water loss during dry conditions or high winds. Magnification: x30 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: botany, eleagans pungens maculata, japanese evergreen shrub, leaf, leaf hair, leaves, nature, plant, plants, scanning electron micrograph, sem

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