Lavender leaf SEM

Lavender leaf SEM

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Caption: Lavender leaf. Coloured scanning electron micro- graph (SEM) of the surface of a leaf of the lavender plant (Lavandula angustifolia). Numerous dense branched hairs (trichomes) cover the leaf's surface. These have both a protective function against pests and serve to reduce evaporation from the leaf. The rounded structure (pale brown, lower left) is an oil gland, which produces the plant's aromatic oil. Lavender is a herb which grows wild in the Mediterranean region, but is farmed all over the world. Magnification: x485 at 6x7cm size. x755 at 4x5".

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Keywords: aromatic, botany, defence, defensive, evaporation reduction, hairs, lavandula angustifolia, lavender, leaf, leaf surface, leaves, nature, oil gland, plant, plants, protection, protective, scanning electron micrograph, scent, sem, trichomes

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