Elaeagnus leaf scales, light micrograph

Elaeagnus leaf scales, light micrograph

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Caption: Polarised light micrograph of scales from an Elaeagnus sp. leaf. These epidermal scales protect the leaves from dehydration and predation. They are present as a dense covering on the lower surface of the leaf and are less abundant on the upper surface. Magnification: x68 at 10mm wide.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, elaeagnus, epidermal, epidermis, flora, leaf, leaf hairs, light microscope, microscopic, microscopy, nature, plant, polarised light micrograph, polarized, protection, protective, scales

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