Stellate Hairs, Niphobolus

Stellate Hairs, Niphobolus

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Credit: M. I. Walker/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph of stellate hairs on a leaf from the fern Niphobolus lingua. Stellate hairs or trichomes are star-shaped outgrowths on the underside of a leaf which help to reduce water loss and protect against insect and radiation damage. Arranged by Wheeler and imaged with cross polars (Lime/blue). Horizontal width of image is 600 micrometres.

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Keywords: arranged, botany, electrodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, fern, linear polarization, niphobolus, niphobolus lingua, plane polarization, plant, plantae, stellate hairs, stellate leaf hairs

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