Every day as I walk out of my residence here in Cape Town, I pass by this brilliant hibiscus flowering tree. Oftentimes I’ll snatch a flower down just to add some natural color to my room, and I was so wowed by the different parts of it I saw under my Foldscope:
And below, pollen grains were starkly visible with Foldscope, which I found to be incredibly enrapturing.
Whenever I head out to work with students at a Foldscope workshop now, I always bring this flower for them to peer under the microscope with.
The stigma and style too were quite neat to observe!
And for fun, I had painted this flower during my first week of April here in Cape Town. Hope you enjoyed!