Caption: Upper surface of a tuberose flower petal (Polianthes tuberosa). Polianthes tuberosa is commonly known as the tuberose or bone flower. It is a perennial plant of the agave family (Agavaceae) that grows from a tuber. The tuberose flower petal surface is composed of tightly pack epidermal cells. These epidermal cells have a distinct surface pattern as seen in this image. An essential oil from this flower is used in the perfume industry. The tuberose is a night-blooming plant thought to be native to Mexico. In Hawaii tuberose is grown for the production of leis.
Magnification*: x265
Type: SEM
Copyright 2009 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
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