Transverse section through a sage petal

Transverse section through a sage petal

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Caption: Light micrograph of a transverse section of a petal from a sage plant, Salvia officinalis. The petals of most flowers are in fact stamens which have, at some time in the past, became modified to the role of attracting insects for the purpose of pollination. Although they appear smooth to the eye, they often reveal finely sculptured texture under the microscope. The surface of this sage petal is marked by miniature ridges and troughs. The reason for this is unknown, but may be connected to the reflection of light from the petal. Magnification: x200 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: botany, flower, flowering part, nature, parts, petal, plant, plants, sage, salvia officinalis

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