Orchid leaf, light micrograph

Orchid leaf, light micrograph

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Caption: Orchid leaf. Light micrograph of a section through the leaf of an orchid (family Orchidaceae), showing leaf veins of vascular bundles running parallel through a cylindrical mass of ground tissue, mainly composed of spongy mesophyll parenchyma cells. Multiple needle-like crystals of calcium oxalate (brown) or calcium carbonate, known as raphides, can also be seen. Magnification: x4 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, angiosperm, angiosperms, biological, biology, botanical, botany, bundles, calcium carbonate, calcium oxalate, cell, cells, crystal, crystals, flora, ground tissue, histological, histology, light micrograph, light microscope, monocot, monocots, monocotyledon, monocotyledons, nature, no-one, nobody, orchid, orchidaceae, parenchyma, plant, plants, raphide, raphides, section, sectioned, spongy mesophyll, tissue, vascular bundle, vein, veins, wildlife

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