Caption: Hibiscus spp. leaf (underside) wih an elaborate stellate trichome (hair) on a vein. Plant trichomes are fine epidermal outgrowths that have diverse structure and function. Often they are used for protection. Examples are hairs, glandular hairs, scales, and papillae. A common type of trichome is a hair. Plant hairs may be unicellular or multicellular, branched or unbranched. Multicellular hairs may have one or several layers of cells. Branched hairs can be dendritic (tree-like), tufted, or stellate (star-shaped) such as in the hibiscus plant.
Magnification*: x38
Type: SEM
Copyright 1998 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
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