How does Cuscuta a parasitic plant feeds?

A post about this Sunday’s exploration: You must have seen greenish yellow threads/wire like structures on many plants. What are they? Are they part of plant or a seperate plant or creeper? If you go closer you’ll see that they definately not part the plant. And if you try to check if it is creeper…

Mystery of galls on leaves

Post about a mind-blowing observation I made 2day: while coming from office I saw strange nodules on a plant leaves. Out of curiosity I plucked one leaf with nodules n brought home. My guess was it must bel disease which is causing abnormal growth. To check what these nodules made up of, I cut open…

Pollens of unidentified tree

Noticed a strange flower in TISS campus, tried to find its name but couldn’t. Can someone help me identify it? Photographed its pollens with d Foldscope, they look beautiful! Pollen size is ~60 microns. Need help in identifying name of plant.

Pollens of Firebush (Hamelia patens)

Pollens of Firebush (Hamelia patens) look like water droplets through the Foldscope. Approximate size of the pollen is 38 microns. Firebush is a commonly found plant in gardens.

Pollens of Calabash (Lagenaria siceraria)

Photographed and measured the pollens of a Lagenaria siceraria plant using the Foldscope. The plant also called as calabash, bottle gourd, or white-flowered gourd. Pollen size around 60 microns and beautiful!

Polyad Pollens of Madras Thorn or Manila Tamarind (Pithecellobium dulce)

Polyad is a type of pollen arrangement in which many pollens are joined together to create round structure. Pithecellobium dulce pollens are polyad. In Mumbai, near my house, Madras Thorn or Manila Tamarind is flowering right now. I collected its flowers and took pictures using Foldscope. Pollens look beautiful, each polyad must be around 30-50…

BMC Municipal Urdu school Foldscope workshop, Mumbai.

I had been in Mumbai for a few days and was eager to get started with a series of Foldscope workshops we (DBT, Foldscope Instruments, IITB, Ruia college – amongst others) had been planning in Mumbai. Municipal (BMC) schools are spread across the city, and we choose a majority Urdu speaking school with kids ranging…

Tide pooling at Bandra rocks; Mumbai – a fine early morning

I am in Mumbai for next couple of days to run foldscope workshops. I will write a longer post about the agenda and the plan; but want to share a wonderful Mumbai experience with everyone. It’s all recorded in few minute Facebook Live videos (I am testing that platform to document Foldscoping in the field)…..