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…

Flower Petal

While walking to class, the bright red flowers caught my eye. I decided to bring them to class and observe them under the microscope. The thin flower petals were transparent, but I thought preparing them with water would lead to a better visual image. It did. In great detail, I was able to see a…