Identification: Water fleas? Ciliate?

I have been exploring the ecosystem of an artificial local pond. I’m coming across so many samples and it is so wonderful: to look at so many things you didn’t expect, and equally wonderful is the enigma of what are these things? And that is why I’ve done so many posts seeking identification, as I…

Algae: Need help in identifying species and structures!!

For a few months, I’ve been taking samples from a lotus pond near my home. The first striking observation is the presence of algae in the water, and invariably whichever slide I made contained some or the other algal filaments. I decided therefore to study the algae a little bit too. I started with this…

Squirming Peranema, Dancing Nematode

I observed that many foldscopers had made wet mounts of hydrated moss, often in the quest for tardigrades, and I when I found some growing in my backyard, it seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a very peculiar creature out of the blue while looking at the sample of hydrated moss (which I collected…

Jatropha and Mexican Petunia Pollen, Anther

I made the slides of pollen, anther of Jatropha flower, and mexican petunia, plucked from my schedule garden. I also made slides of their respective anthers. Indeed, the flowers around us show an enormous variety and myriad of pollen!! Manan 🙂

Paramecium like organism. (NEED HELP IN IDENTIFICATION)

I was exploring an algal sample from an artificial lotus pond’s water. I came across a curious looking organism, which on being rotated by a worm appeared more clearly. It has a macronucleus, and other possible structures. Based on its overall shape, presence of cilia (visible initially), macronucleus and other features, I hypothesized that it…

Lily: Pollen and Cross-section of Stigma

I bought a bouquet of lilies for my mother on her birthday, and a day later, its anthers started dehiscing. I made a slide of the pollen, and viewed it the next morning. The pollen grains appear to have a very good resolution, and the pattern on the exine is quite visible. I was then…

Rot in an Onion root (Nematodes, and an unidentified organism)

An onion at my home started showing roots, so I decided to try and grow a plant from it. I partially immersed the growing root tips in water before transplanting it to a garden pot. But within a week or two, I noticed my plant wasn’t growing at all; rather there was rapid senescence and…

Aloe-

Aloe, is a plant with fleshy leaves and these leaves contain a jelly like substance. It’s quote popular for its cooling and detoxifying effect on the skin, so when my mom asked my to pouch a leaf of aloe to create a face pack, I took the remaining leaf, and using a needle+shear stress on…

Stamen- With pollen inside pollen sacs

I recently came across a flower, with pink petals, and a conical strcuture as the central whorl full of small and minute stamen. I couldnt pluck the flower, but using the forceps, I took out a bunch of stamen. I observed distinctly the filament, and also while observing the anther, I saw certain portions with…

Filamentous Algae from an artificial pond

I recently was exploring a Herbal Garden maintained by the municipal corporation near my home. It has a small lotus pond, which blooms for some part of the year. I found filamentous layers of certain algae near the surface and I picked a small sample from them. I made a slide out of it, and…

T.S. of Monocot Root

Here, the stele is very distinct from the cortex of the root. Vascular bundles can also be viewed, and are polyarche as is characteristic in monocot roots. The root is of an unidentified plant from my backyard. The section has been stained with safranine. Manan Suri (Grade XI)