Alpinia Galanga flower

I have had the opportunity to image alpinia galanga flower petal from my grandma’s garden. An alipinia galanga flower (a variety of ginger) looks like this:

When imaged through foldscope, here is what I got:

The beautiful hexagonal patterns of cells is captivating!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. badz_nithin says:

    I would like to discuss on the physiological significance of these patterns! Any takers?

  2. laksiyer says:

    Sure why do you think these patterns occur? IF you are upto it, then how do you think these patterns occur.

  3. Manu Prakash says:

    Beautiful patterns. The idea of pixelated and sharp pigmentation boundaries in flowers (cellular scale boundaries) is something that I have seen very commonly in several other flowers as well.

    In the end – a cell choosing to express a pigment or not is precisely controlled. It would be worth while to first test if these patterns are exactly the same in all flowers from this species or are stochastic. Since many of these patterns play a role in visual cues; the lines of how a pattern gets interpreted by the “pollinator” for example is a really fascinating but albeit tough question. What truly matters physiologically is what the pollinators sees when they see these patterns!

    Let’s sketch a few possible hypothesis here – and collect more data on this flower.


  4. badz_nithin says:

    @laks What I was interested in understanding is how these patterns might be correlated to pollination.

    @Manu One thing about this flower is that it belongs to the ginger (galangal) family.

    I will try to collect the other flowers from this family. It would be nice to check out if these patterns pertain to specific species of flowers.

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