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…

Pollen grain of Lily flower

Pollen grains contain male gametes. When the pollen lands upon the female stigma of another Lily flower, the pollen grain germinates. A tube grows out of the pollen grain through the stigma; the male nuclei pass down this tube and fuse with the female ovules.

Pollen of different size under foldscope

What is the reason behind pollen of different size ? In my slide I could see one pollen smaller and other larger under a foldscope.    This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Pollen of Night Jasmine

Har singhaar or Night jasmine  belongs to family Oleaceae (Jasmine family) It was one of the plants observed on my visit to P.N Mehra Botanical garden at Panjab University, Chandigarh. It is a medicinal shrub or a small tree. The sweet scented flowers are small, attractive with white petals and an orange-red tube in center,…

Pollen of Gulmohur flower

Gulmohar is a very popular roadside tree of my city beautiful – Chandigarh with its graceful foliage and beautiful flowers.  Delonix regia belongs to Caesalpinioideae of family Fabaceae. It is also called flame tree because of its clusters of flame-red flowers found in typical racemes. The tree is medicinally important and also an inspiration to…

Pollen grains of Brahmi through foldscope

I saw Brahmi plant growing in college herbal garden. Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri also called Indian pennywort is a creeping herb found along wetlands under wild conditions or else cultivated as it is used widely in Ayurvedic medicine.   It has anti-oxidant properties and other multiple benefits and believed to be goldmine in medicine. When harvested…

Reviewing Dimorphic pollen in gourd

Reviewing my foldscope explorations on presence of different types of pollen in gourd, I plucked a flower from the same vine from which the previous flower was obtained. Teased an anther to dehisce its pollen and fixed them on a slide to view through the foldscope. The captured images showed the repeated results of dimorphic…

A cactus flower!

At the end of a morning Foldscoping, I noticed a large closed bud (you can see one more in the background if you look carefully). This is the night blooming Bhramha Kamal (not to be confused with another completely unrelated flower in the Himalayas with the same name). So I waited till the night, and…

Garden city pollen

In early June, I was visiting family in Bengaluru. Located at almost the same latitude as hot and salty Chennai, Bengaluru’s elevation of about 900m above sea level, makes it possible to have pretty home gardens and lovely public parks, earning it the description of the Garden City of India.  So I took a break…

3 Purple flowers

(I’m trying to catch up on a long list of posts that I have been meaning to write. So here goes a the first of the shower of posts.) A couple of months ago (May/June) as I was running errands around my neighborhood and I noticed these three trees in bloom, all with purple flowers…

Dimorphic pollen in gourd

Bottle gourd – a common summer vegetable is a spreading vine that climbs with the help of stem tendrils on the hedges and supports. It has been raining ferociously these days, so the vine in my neighbourer’s  garden had spread on my wall. I could make out the palmately lobed leaves covered with hair giving…

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…

Marudam Farm School: teachers workshop

A few of weeks ago, a colleague and I visited Marudam Farm School (near Thiruvannamalai), a couple of hours outside Chennai. This is one of the schools that will be part of my Foldscope project. Just as we started the discussion, a lovely seed floated by. So we decided to look at it under the…

Monocot pollen

A couple of weeks ago I visited a farm in Guduvanchery on the outskirts of Chennai for a Hindustani concert. But I arrived a bit early. So I took a walk, and everything around seemed to be flowering and I am, now, of course always, equipped with a (finite) number of small packets to collect…

Pollen list

Here’s a list of pollen I have looked at (with links to the full post): Eudicots Unknown tree   Ixora coccinea   Desi Badam (Terminalia catappa) Murangai (Moringa oleifera) Papaya (Carica papaya) Nagalingam (Couroupita guianensis): Dimorphic pollen!! Unknown plant Indian Laburnum (Cassia fistula) Temple Tree (Plumeria spp.)   Karuvaipillai (Murraya koenigii) Copper Pod (Peltophorum pterocarpum) Unidentified…

Nagalingam Pollen — diversity in the SAME flower!

There’s a small dense grove of Nagalingam (Couroupita guianensis) trees on campus. Here’s one of the trees with its many low thin bare branches: There’s a lovely indescribable sweet but not quite saccharine fragrance as you walk by. Here’s one of the thick and rubbery fallen flowers: So I picked up one of these flowers…

Indian Laburnum pollen — a story of many anthers

  The Indian Laburnum (Cassia fistula) on campus are in full bloom! Here’s a close up one of the flower cascades:   The paths on campus are strewn with flower parts: I picked up one of the fallen stamens and broke it open onto a slide: And voila, all this pollen split out: The pollen…

Copper pod pollen

I was walking to my office and noticed these Copper Pod (Peltophorum pterocarpum) flowers: It’s a bit past their flowering season, so there aren’t really that many flowers: The flowers are laden with pollen — I couldn’t even get it back to my office without dusting my fingers with pollen: Here are many many fresh…

Vazhaipoo pollen

A friend of mine brought me a Vazhaipoo (banana flower) from his farm: Here are a close up of the tiny florets: This is a delicacy in south Indian homes. Basically, you take each floret, remove the style/stigma (they are very fibrous) and the sepal like transparent thing. Then you can cook the florets. I’m…

Desi Badam pollen

Here’s a Badam tree (Terminalia catappa) flowering : When I was trying to get pollen I found this well camouflaged spider hanging around: Not sure if it’s a pollinator or it’s lurking around for pollinators…… Even after avoiding our spider friend, plucking flowers and squashing anthers did not work very well — the pollen was…