Blazing star leaf hairs

Blazing star leaf hairs

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Caption: Blazing star leaf hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of hairs on the leaf surface of the blazing star (Mentzelia chilensis). A gland hair (yellow), containing plant oil, is surrounded by stinging hairs (white), which deter pests. Plants of the Mentzelia genus grow in the American tropics and subtropics. Magnification: x250 at 6x6cm size. x380 at 4x5"

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Keywords: american subtropics, biology, blazing star, botany, gland hair, leaf, leaf hair, leaves, mentzelia chilensis, nature, oil, plant, plants, scanning electron micrograph, sem, stinging

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