Microflora of my garden soil through foldscope – sample 3 showing a young moss sporophyte

Another patch near the path showed intense growth and some thin plants with young sporophytes. I plucked a leaf to find elongated, chlorenchymatous cells packing the leaf with a central midrib. The young sporophytes were seen emerging from a cluster of leaves and the wall of capsule on rupturing showed beautiful thin, elongated cells.

Moss sporophyte with spirally arranged leavesand each leaf packed with chlorenchymatous cells and a centrally located midrib

A young moss sporophyte and the wall of the sporophyte

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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Dear Sdhawan,

    The structure of these moss leaves – the justaposition of how individual cells become a leaf – is absolutely stunning.

    Beautiful work

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