Anther and pollen grains of Red turk’s cap

Malvaviscus penduliflorus commonly known as Red turk’s cap bears red flowers. The pollen grains inside the anther and released pollen grains were observed under the foldscope .The pollen grains contain the male gametes which fuses with the female gamete after pollination.  Anthers showing outer exine

Stomata of Malabar spinach leaf

Basella alba commonly known as malabar spinach is used as green leafy vegetable. It is a dicot plant and has more number of stomata on the lower surface compared to the upper surface to avoid excess transpiration. It was amazing to observe the stomata under  foldscope showing the opening -stoma enclosed by guard cells and the…

Petal cells of Tabernaemontana divaricata

Tabernaemontana divaricata commonly known as crape jasmine or chandni bears white flowers.The petal cells observed under the foldscope showed spherical cells which were closely arranged with little intercellular spaces.

Strawberry – Persistent calyx under foldscope

Calyx is the first whorl of the flower and is green and leaf like.Generally  calyx  falls off after the  flower turns into fruit but in strawberry and some plants the calyx remains intact and forms a green whorl on the fruit.Such calyx is called persistent calyx.                   …

Cockroach -wings under foldscope.

  Cockroach are probably the largest group of animals which belongs to the phylum Arthropoda.They have jointed legs. The wings of cockroach help them in flight. Under the foldscope the wings show branching with longitudinal veins and multiple cross veins.

Stomata and trichomes of Plectranthus amboinicus

Trichomes are specialised epidermal cells or appendages on leaves.The surface of the leaf of Plectranthus amboinicus is smooth and densly clothed with glandular or non glandular trichomes .

Cotton fibres under foldscope

Cotton fibres are seed hairs from plants of the family Malvaceae.It  is the most important natural textile fibre as well as cellulosic textile fibre. Cotton fibres are trichomes or seed coat hairs that differentiate from epidermal cells of the cotton seed.

Cotton thread under foldscope

A cotton thread looks like a single strand but it’s actually tightly twisted and made up of strands having equally balanced twist producing a circular cross section.This can be clearly seen in the picture taken through foldscope.