Nettle leaf, SEM

Nettle leaf, SEM

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Caption: Nettle leaf. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of long, sharp trichomes on a leaf from a stinging nettle plant (Urtica sp.). Stinging nettles have a variety of trichomes that range from long to short. The shorter trichomes are harmless, but the longer trichomes that have a silicified tip are the poisonous ones that cause the plant's sting. The tips are poisonous, causing the stinging sensation when touching the leaf.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, coloured, false-colour, false-coloured, green, leaf, nature, plant, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, stinging nettle, trichome, trichomes, urtica

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