Foldscope in Ratnagiri- India (Maharashtra)

Hello Everyone,

Recently,I’ve been on a trip to my village Ratnagiri and I decided to take the foldscope along. It was awesome.Sadly, I haven’t been able to take pictures of a few observations but I have tried to get many of them.This is going to be a long post so I better type less.

Enjoy 🙂

Althaea Cannabina

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Petals

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Trichomes can be seen in these pictures

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Pollen Grains

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Curry Flower ( Murraya koenigii )

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Pollen Grains:

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Petals:

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Ononis natrix (Family:- Papillonaceae)

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petals

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Jasmina magniflora

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I’ve observed these two types of cells on the petals of hibiscus flowers.

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Spirogyra 

img_20161030_213616the filament on the extreme right looks a bit different I suspected that it could be just a degrading cell.So I preserved the algae sample for a few days and found out that all the filaments looked like that.

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These are pictures of a type of grass that I’ve found growing in the wild. Couldn’t get proper macroscopic picture but I’ve got the foldscope pictures.This picture isn’t of the grass I’ve foldscoped but the one I’ve foldscoped was strikingly similar.

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Wings of an insect

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few more unidentified things from the spirogyra sample

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Please help me find out what these are.

~Have fun foldscoping 🙂

5 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    @Mitali. Isnt it amazing to visit a place and foldscope whatever catches your fancy? These are spectacular pictures. Needless to say I am including all your floral observations in the pollen database. These are really valuable as I dont have any of them. I have seen these two type of petal cells in flowers of other families too.

    -The chloroplast packing in the spirogyra is spectacular. This is a wonderful picture. There is another related charophyte in the backdrop.

    – The wing looks like a lepidopteran wing given its scales. Do you remember which one it was. Its got an interesting scale brush border around the wing.

    – The last but one picture is still a mystery.

    – the last one looks like another charophyte alga. At first I thought it was a fungus, but there seem to be divisions between cells and I thought I see a tinge of green.

    Keep foldscoping.

  2. Mitali says:

    @Laks Sir, It indeed is amazing it was quite an experience to have.It Made me realize that we miss out on so many interesting things that are around us all the time.
    I wanted to observe conjugation in spirogyra but sadly couldn’t. Probably because I teased the filaments while mounting them on the slide.
    The wing is of a lepidopteran only.It was most probably a moth and not a butterfly.
    The filamentous alga like thing was within the same spirogyra slide and the other thing I have mounted it on purpose because it looked a bit different than soil or mud.Will post it on inaturalist.
    Glad that I could contribute to the pollen db 🙂

  3. Ronak Hati says:

    The spiral chloroplasts look amazing! Any idea what those trichomes function as?

    1. Mitali says:

      I’m not a botany expert but the trichomes which have a stalk and a blob are glandular trichomes. The blob is due to accumulation of volatile plant metabolites. The star shaped ones are known as stellate trichomes, I have no idea about their function. Since you’re a botany student maybe you could help me out a bit here 🙂

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