Variety of trichomes in Tulsi leaf

Onset of spring season has sprouted new leaves on my tulsi plant. Trichomes were isolated from young tulsi leaves and observed under foldscope. They were of variable shapes and sizes. I wonder if the mature leaves too have similar type and shapes.

Leaf Trichomes of Daucus carota

Certain leaves when eaten cause irritation of throat. Such leaves are not even eaten by cattle and other herbivores. When scratched and seen under foldscope the cause was presence of trichomes on the surface of leaves.

Trichomes on radish leaves under foldscope

Plants have several defense mechanisms against abiotic and biotic stress. Leaf trichomes are uni-cellular or multi-cellular hairs that can be glandular or non-glandular and are believed to protect plants against herbivory and drought. Leaf trichomes production insome plants increases tolerance to drought. Radish leaves also develop trichomes that were seen under foldscope and were found…

Glandular Trichomes of Stellaria under foldscope

In Stellaria media, the common chickweed several hairy appendages were seen on the surface of stem and sepals. These were fixed on a slide and observed under foldscope to study their structure. It was amazing to see that these were glandular trichomes consisting of a stalk that was either unicellular & uniseriate, unicellular and multi-seriate…

Trichomes under foldscope

Variable shapes of slender pointed trichomes were seen in leaves of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) epidermal peel under foldscope.

Trichomes of a wild leaf with purple margins

A wild member of Malvaceae family growing along roadside in Chandigarh was plucked for Foldscope explorations. It is a wild woody shrub with leaves having serrated, purple margins and veins.    Foldscopy of the epidermal peel of the leaf revealed presence of stellate trichomes and glandular hairs.   This post is open to read and review…

Trichomes and Stomata of Nyctanthes leaf under foldscope

Nyctanthes plant has quadrangular stem bearing simple leaves that are ovate in shape with serrated margins. The surface is rough and glabrous. 2 types of hairs – Unicellular trichomes  and glandular hairs situated in slight depressions in leaves were noticed in the epidermal peel. Anomocytic stomata were also clearly visible under foldscope.   This post…

Trichomes in Tulsi leaf

Simple, multicellular and uniseriate trichomes were observed in crushed Tulsi leaf. The trichomes had a pointed tip and were embedded within.    

Floral Trichomes in bottle gourd

After the interactive session on Sir Antony Van Leeuwenhoek @ GGDSD College, it was the time of revealing the secrets of nature with the foldscope. I came across the gourd vine growing along the caretaker’s cottage. The bottle gourd – Lagenaria is a vigorous growing, annual vine with large leaves and a lush appearance. The…

Foldscoping in South India

My journey into the microscopic world began in Chennai some three decades or more ago with a simple bulb microscope (40x). So it was no wonder that I was really excited to revisit my childhood with a foldscope. Chennai is a bustling metropolis in the South-east  of India. Being along the Bay of Bengal, it…

Leaf and Trichomes of Cabomba caroliniana

I have a fish tank at home and I am starting to look at samples from it under the Foldscope. Here I studied the leaf of Cabomba caroliniana, a basal angiosperm. It is a fast growing common aquarium underwater plant, with linear leaves. I looked at the leaf with the high powered lens. After discussion…

Pollen Hunters project-II : Pollen roster

Update 6/6/2016. Made the table scrollable for computers and phones. I took help from this page. Update 4/20/2016. Reducing column numbers to fit new format Update 11/2/2015. Added Contributors column. Update (10/2/2015): Added plants that were observed in India, in August 2015. I also have an extensive analysis of trichomes of the Indian plants. Please visit here…