Anatomy of a hibiscus flower

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…

The Unfolding of Cell Biology

Cells were first discovered by Robert Hook in 1665, who described the building blocks of life as little rooms in which monks lived. Robert Hook witnessed dead plant cells present in cork; it took many years and numerous studies to describe the internal structures of the cell and define Cell Theory. Cell Theory states all…

Dandelion Flower

Taraxacum officinale The structure observed correspond to cells aligned to conform to petals structures. Awesome. Dandelion petals. also known as Achicoria Amarga, is a species from the family of Asteraceae. Generally considered as a weed, although it would be more correct to say “adventitious herb”, its leaves are consumed in salad and have been attributed…

A Splash of Color: Probing the Purple Petal

As someone who loves the color purple, the bright vibrancy of the purple flower instantly caught my attention. Coming from the frozen tundra that is the Northeast, any sort of color is a blessing miracle against the dull mediocrity of black, white, and gray that invade our wardrobes. Since moving to California for college, I…

Pollens of Bluemink

Bluemink is very common in Aizawl city of Mizoram. Took a sample of pollens and observed under the foldscope. The pollens are very small, so had digitally zoom and take photo. Vivid colour is due the light arrangement (from the top).

Aphis gossypii (Common Cotton Aphid)

Name of Institution: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore. Student’s Name: Anjali Manoj Specimen Observed:  Aphis gossypii (Common Cotton Aphid)                                                                  On the 24th of July, I,…

Pollen grains: tactoids and spiky spheres

Hi Foldscope Expolorers! This is my first foldscope adventure. Last year, Manu shared the joy of foldscopy with a bunch of us at the University of Chicago. Yesterday, I finally built my own foldscope and I’m excited to try it out! Next week, I will share foldscopy with some Chicago Public School teachers. Hopefully, their…

Getting to know my (plant) neighbors Episode 1 – Camellia japonica 椿

Hi Foldscopers! フォールドスコープ探検隊の皆さんこんにちは! I went for a very long walk with a mission, follow a river from the upper watershed all the way down to the mouth. 休日の散歩に、近くを流れる川に沿って上流から河口まで散策しました。 Along the way, I found many kinds of plants, both wild and cultivated. I consider them my neighbors, and I’d like to introduce them to you! And…

Difference Between Cells of a Rose Petal and Cells of a Rose Leaf

Purpose of the experiment: Determine if a rose’s leaf and petal share the same cells. Problem of the experiment: Does a rose leaf and petal share the same shape of cells? Hypothesis: If the Foldscope is used to observe a rose’s leaf and petal, then we will be able to determine whether they share the…

Chimeras in Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic was the first place that Christopher Columbus landed and conquered in December, 1492.  It became the first European settlement in the Americans and was the main site of the Spanish operations in their conquest of the Americas.  Since then, the Dominican Republic has had many different governments, which began with a declaration…

Foldscope Day 3: Ants, Pollen, and Berries up close

Ants I stuck an ant under the foldscope. The ant and the foldscope did not disappoint. What looks to the eye approximately like this… …under the foldscope, is transformed into this. So of course, I had to take a video and explore this ant further. Here’s what I saw. Amazingly, the ant is actually translucent,…

Light transmission through flower petals

I just picked my morning coffee; and walking back the I noticed a tiny white flower shining like a beacon of light. I could not believe my eyes; it looked as if the flower was producing its own light. What was really happening was light was shining on the petals in a strange way. A…

The Cell Arrangement of Leaves vs Flower Petals (BioE80 Spr2015)

As humans, we interact with nature very often, and since I am an explorer, I ask many questions when I go outside. There are so many things we can learn from studying the things that go on outdoors, and today, I decided to explore whether or not there are similarities in the cell layout of…

Red Flower on my dinner table

I was enjoying a nice dinner the other day; when suddenly I got caught up looking at this deep red flower, sitting peacefully on my dinner table. I could not resist but wonder how the flower was so deep red, as if I was looking at the cape of little red riding hood. I did…

chamomile flower

  This is the bud of a chamomile flower. The way I got this pictures was, I took the flower  bud and pinched off the yellow center and placed it on the slide I then put a flash light up to back and took a picture. As you can see the little spec looks so…

Pollen from Hibiscus flower

Pollen grains from an unknown Hibiscus sp. The grains were collected by gently dabbing a tape slide against the anthers. Also included are some photos of the flower and plant the pollen was collected from.

Coleus Flower

My first two Foldscope images! These two are parts of a single structure from a Coleus flower.  Since I have minimal training in botany, I’m not sure of what this is called — I welcome any input from other folks on this site.