Farina gland on sepal of primula flower

Farina gland on sepal of primula flower

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a farina gland on the surface of a sepal of the primula flower, Primula malacoides. The plant, which is native to China, is noted for its stalked leaf hairs, or trichomes, which secrete a flour- like white substance called farina. The trichomes occur on the flower stalk, buds, petals, & sepals. The waxy secretion insulates the plant from the cold & is a water repellant which prevents condensation that would otherwise block the stomata, or gas exchange pores, between the trichomes. Magnification: x210 at 35mm size, x350 at 6x6cm size. Reference: MICROCOSMOS, figure 4.16, page 75.

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Keywords: botany, farina, farina gland, flower, flowering part, gland, nature, parts, plant, plants, primula, primula malacoides, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sepal, stoma, wax surface

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