Peristomial teeth and spores of Funaria (moss) under foldscope

In my practical class of Plant Biodiversity, we were given Funaria plants with sporophyte for study. The sporophyte of Funaria was found to be differentiated into foot, seta and capsule. Foot was embedded in the plant body. Seta is a long, cord-like hygroscopic structure that holds the capsule high. Capsule is erect when young but…

Spores and pseudo-elaters of Hornwort captured under foldscope as a part of class practical

Spores and pseudo-elaters of Hornworts were captured under foldscope as a part of Botany practical @GGDSD, Chandigarh by 2nd Semester undergraduates. Foldscope usage is becoming quite popular in routine classroom practicals. Bryophytes are categorized into liverworts and mosses. Anthoceros commonly called Hornwort has tapering horn-like sporophyte that lack setae. It grows from a bulbous foot embedded…

Pollen of an unknown wild flower

I spotted an unknown pinkish-lavender coloured wild flower growing near my house. I plucked and fixed its pollen on a slide to observe under foldscope.

Pollen of Ocimum basilicum

Sweet basil or commonlycalled Niazbo in North India is botanically – Ocimum basilicum. It is  commonly cultivated in gardens as a culinary herb and spreads as a weed. The purple coloured flowers are arranged in regular whorls and form a typical verticillaster inflorescence. It bears bi-labiate flowers, i.e. each flower has 5 sepals and 5 petals…

Pollen of a fodder bean under foldscope

Dolichos lablab is an important fodder crop and highly nutritious as rich in proteins. The pollen grains were isolated from mature flowers and observed under foldscope. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Unidentified microbes on surface of Chrysanthemum leaves

While looking at the cocoon-like thing on Chrysanthemum leaves, I also noticed dust. With the curiosity how dust would look under a foldscope, I took the sample on a slide using the cellotape. I saw some unidentified spindle shaped microscopic organisms along with the dust particles on the leaf surface. What are these? I am…

A calcareous cocoon-like structure on Chrysanthemum leaf

  A calcareous cocoon-like structure was seen on my Chrysanthemum leaves. I plucked and tried to foldscope it using time-lapse. But the shell dissolved a few hours later and I could only observe the structure of the shell. Is it a shell of a nematode or an insect ? This post is open to read…

Trichomes of a wild leaf with purple margins

A wild member of Malvaceae family growing along roadside in Chandigarh was plucked for Foldscope explorations. It is a wild woody shrub with leaves having serrated, purple margins and veins.    Foldscopy of the epidermal peel of the leaf revealed presence of stellate trichomes and glandular hairs.   This post is open to read and review…

Pollen of different size under foldscope

What is the reason behind pollen of different size ? In my slide I could see one pollen smaller and other larger under a foldscope.    This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.