Pollens of Sterculia foetida (Jangli badam)

Sterculia foetida (Jangli badam) is flowering in Mumbai. It has two types of flowers 👇. Red one is bisexual and yellow one is male. Photographed its pollens with d Foldscope.

How I am learning BOTANY

How I am learning BOTANY, a thread: I had studied botany in school and college but never found it as interesting as microbiology. So ultimately did masters in microbiology. I have been exploring microscopic world with the @TeamFoldscope, I always carry it with me. (1/n) I put anything I find interesting under the Foldscope and…

Pollens of Commelina diffusa

Pollens of Commelina diffusa as observed through the Foldscope. This is the second Commelina species I have seen in Mumbai. Approximate size of the pollen is 73 microns. #microscope #scicomm #science #sciencetwitter #ecology

Pollens of Senna tora

Pollens of Senna tora as seen through the Foldscope. Approximate size of the pollens is 26 microns.


Osmium sanctum A common plant in India, Tulsi can be easily found in Indian homes. Image attached shows you the pollen of Tulsi plant with the help of a foldscope.

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…

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.

Pollen from a tree

A medium-sized tree outside my boundary wall provides shade to passer byes in summer noons. These days it is in full bloom with white and purple small flowers. I plucked a few flowers and observed its pollen under foldscope.

A Flower Pollen Sample in Southern California

5/8/19 4:30pm plucked a flower from the south west corner of Caltech’s campus. Prepared sample by rubbing the center of the flower on a slide then taping on a cover slide (on the sides). The flower was yellow with red and the center and serrated edges, and it was about 2 inches across. I identified…

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!

Pollens of the Rain tree (Samanea saman)

Photographed and measured the size of the pollens of the Rain tree (Samanea saman) using the @TeamFoldscope. It is the most common tree in #Mumbai. The size of the pollen is around 119 microns and it is polyad of 24 to 32 grains.

How to measure the size of any object using the Foldscope.

When we observe objects under Foldscope, sometimes we want measure the size of the objects we are observing for various purposes. In this post I’m describing a method with which we can measure the size of the object.With the Foldscope deluxe kit, there are few grid slides with different grid sizes. I used a 0.5…

Pollens of the Thespesia populnea (Portia tree )

The pollens of Thespesia populnea (Portia tree ) look beautiful. There is variation in size, smaller one is around 70 microns and bigger one is 95 microns in size. Very common tree in Mumbai region. Photographed pollens using Foldscope.

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…

Pollen of Wild almond flower

Wild Almond Tree is a soft wooded tree that can grow up to 115 feet tall. The origin of the name of the bad-smelling Sterculia genus comes from the Roman god, Sterquilinus, who was the god of fertilizer or manure. 

Pollen of Aloe under foldscope by Yatin @GGDSD College, Chandigarh

The Aloe plants in the college Botanical garden were seen with a fresh bloom of orange coloured pendulous, tubular flowers arranged in spikes. Pollen were isolated from these flowers and seen under foldscope. Aloe plant is an evergreen perennial succulent with fleshy leaves that have serrated margins and are full of gel. Flowered spike arise…

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).

Pollen study

Studying pollen using folding microscope has become a fascination with my daughters. Pollen from a flower was dusted on a slide and observed under a foldscope. Gleaming, smooth -walled pollen were visible.

Pollen of silk floss flower

The stamens of the silk flower pollen are unique as the filaments of the five stamens fuse together forming a long dark-pink tube – red coloured  staminal tube which encloses the pistil within. The anthers also join to form a canopy at the top. The anthers were scraped open to release the pollen and observed…