Ginger and Turmeric cells as seen under foldscope

Ginger and Turmeric both have medicinally and economically important parts as rhizomes and both belong to family – Zingiberaceae. So I tried to see the difference between the cells of both the types using foldscope by scraping the cells. I could see not much difference in the shape of the two types, except for that the Turmeric cells had yellow coloured globular cells along interspersed with the normal colourless cells and in Ginger intermittent double-layered cells were there, probably the ones which stored Zingerol.

Ginger rhizome & the cells

Turmeric rhizome & the cells

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