Smilax root, light micrograph

Smilax root, light micrograph

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Caption: Smilax root. Light micrograph of a section through a root from a China root (Smilax china) plant. The cells are full of round starch grains (whitish-pink and blue). The dried root of this plant is called saraparilla and used as a source of starch, for medicinal purposes or as a beverage. Magnification: x37 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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