49.1 MB (9.9 MB compressed)
3430 x 5000 pixels
29.0 x 42.4 cm ⏐ 11.4 x 16.7 in (300dpi)
M. I. WALKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY M. I. WALKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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