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Lavender leaf oil glands, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The spherical structures are the oil glands, and the hair-like structures are a type of trichome. When the leaf is touched or damaged, the glands rupture and release the oil that gives lavender its distinctive fragrance. Magnification: x250 when printed at 10 centimetres across.
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