Marsh mallow leaf, SEM

Marsh mallow leaf, SEM

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Caption: Marsh mallow leaf. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a marsh mallow leaf (Althaea officinalis). Its surface is covered in hairs, or trichomes, which protect the plant against pests and reduce water loss through evaporation. The marsh mallow is native to the UK and grows wild throughout Europe. Magnification: x100 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: althaea officinalis, botany, british, coloured, european, evaporation, green, hair, hairs, hairy, leaf, leaves, many, marsh mallow, multiple, nature, plant, plants, prevention, protection, protective, scanning electron micrograph, sem, surface, trichome, trichomes

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