Common Thyme leaf section, LM

Common Thyme leaf section, LM

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Caption: Light micrograph of a thin section through a leaf of Thymus vulgaris, common Thyme, showing the thick xenomorphic epidermis cells and one peltate trichome. Peltate trichomes produce most of the essential oil, with terpenes comprising the main component. Microscopic contrast method: Differential interference contrast. Magnification 320x when printed at 10 centimetres width.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, common thyme, dic, differential interference contrast, essential oil, flora, nature, plant anatomy, spice, thymus vulgaris, trichome, xeromorphic

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