Plant leaves up close and cellular

Last winter break I volunteered to catsit my neighbor’s Maine coon and water the plants in the apartment. I could not resist exploring the indoor garden with my foldscope!

Here the cells from a leaf of Purple Heart/wandering Jew plant appear like purple and green gems:

Here’s a kaleidoscope of colored leaf cells from a vine house plant:

A fern:

From the spider plant:

A hanging plant with striped leaves:

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    @dom: I am blown away by these images. The kaleidoscope of color is explosive. Stunning images.

    I am really fascinated by the first image (all of them are amazing); since the green pigment only shows up in guard cells and surrounding cell. Clearly they are differentiated to a new function, but the fact that the pigmentation is driven by guard cell phenotype is first for me.

    We have some resident stomata specialist; I would love for them to comment. More to follow seen – please keep sharing your insights.

    cheers
    manu

  2. laksiyer says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous! Stomata it appears retain their chloroplasts, this is also seen in leaf epidermal peels. My favorite is the first one too.

  3. uniqwon says:

    Wow! I never knew that leaf cells existed like this. I like the photos of the first and the second leaf the best.

  4. Mitali says:

    wowww!! these images are Beautiful!

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