Canterbury bells




The Canterbury Bells also known as bellflowers are absolutely beautiful. They come in shades of blues, purples, white, and pink.

I first took a look at the sepal of the flower and noticed something very interesting. The sepal looked like it had hair on it. Just as Flies have protecting hair on its legs it looked like the sepal had tiny spikes that looked like hair on it so that it could protect itself.



Next I took a look at the petals, and oddly the petals also had those had those cool spikes. I have never seen such a beautiful and unique flower.



The pistol of the flower was covered in pollen dust, so it was really easy to get the pollen onto the slides. When I usually look at pollen their shapes are ovular, but with the bellflowers the pollen dust were perfectly circular IMG_20170412_130127


I have never seen these features in any other flower I have ever looked at and as the weather gets warmer I am going to look inside many, many more flowers and see their unique beautiful features as well.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    @Vaish that structure is called a Trichome. The trichome picture that you have is most remarkable in that I have never seen a spiky trichome. Try to get a view where the trichome is not bent. Do not use a tape over the flower/leaf, image it directly. Once you tell me the size of the pollen (I could show you how to do it), I shall put in into our pollen database.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Dear @Vaish,
    This is some of the most stunning foldscope data I have seen. The clarity of the images is fantastic – which shows that your technique is flawless. Congratulations.. what an incredible set of observations.

    Also; the trichome is highly unique. I have seen branched trichomes with three/four branch structures – but this is a hairy one 🙂

    @Lydia in our community did her one in trichome developmental biology. I will ask her to comment.


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