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Botanik Digitalis purpurea L. Fingerhut 160: 1

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Botanik Digitalis purpurea L. Fingerhut 160: 1

Foxglove leaf. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a section through a leaf from a foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) plant, showing its hairs (trichomes). The long hairs are a physical defence against animals that might want to eat the plants leaves, whilst the glandular hairs (yellow) release highly toxic chemicals when touched. Magnification: x107 when printed at 10 centimetres wide

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Colored Defence Defense Defensive Digitalis Digitalis Purpurea Foxglove Gland Glands Glandular Hair Hairs Plants Poisonous Tissue Toxic Trichome Trichomes Botanik Cells Section Sectioned


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This print showcases the intricate details of a Digitalis purpurea leaf, commonly known as a foxglove. The image, captured using a scanning electron microscope, reveals the leaf's fascinating defense mechanisms against potential predators. The long hairs that adorn the surface serve as physical barriers, deterring animals from consuming its leaves. Meanwhile, the glandular hairs release highly toxic chemicals when touched, acting as an additional line of defense for this plant. The vibrant colors in this photograph bring to life the complex anatomy and biology of this botanical wonder. Magnified at 107 times its actual size and printed at 10 centimeters wide, every minute detail is visible to the naked eye. Digitalis purpurea is classified as an angiosperm and belongs to a group of poisonous plants known for their medicinal properties. This image offers us a glimpse into nature's ingenious way of protecting itself while also highlighting its stunning beauty. Whether you are studying botany or simply appreciate nature's wonders, this print will surely captivate your imagination and spark curiosity about the intricate world that exists within even the tiniest elements of our natural surroundings.

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