Orchid petal, SEM

Orchid petal, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Orchid petal. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of the petal of an orchid flower (Cymbidium sp. ). It is covered in tiny epidermal hairs, or trichomes, which protect the plant against pests and reduce water loss through evaporation. Magnification: x32 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, botanical, botany, close-up, coloured, cymbidium sp., epidermal, epidermis, evaporation prevention, flower, flowering part, hair, hairs, many, multiple, nature, orchid, parts, petal, plant, plants, protective, scanning electron micrograph, sem, structure, surface, trichome, trichomes

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