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Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus)


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Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus). The leaves are an orange-red colour due to the predominance of yellow and red carotenoids that protect the developing chlorophyll from the sun. Carotenoids are organic pigments that are found in the chromoplasts of plants. Photographed in spring

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Media ID 6289719

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Acer Pseudoplatanus Carotenoid Foliage Spring Sycamore Sycamore Maple Horticultural


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This print from Science Photo Library showcases the vibrant beauty of Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus) in all their glory. The leaves, captured during springtime, display a mesmerizing orange-red hue that is brought about by the presence of yellow and red carotenoids. These organic pigments act as natural protectors for developing chlorophyll, shielding it from the sun's intense rays. The intricate details of these sycamore leaves are truly remarkable. Each delicate vein can be seen intricately woven throughout the leaf's surface, creating an exquisite pattern that highlights nature's impeccable design. As we delve into this botanical masterpiece, we gain insight into the fascinating world of plants and biology. This photograph not only celebrates the aesthetic appeal of foliage but also serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness with nature. It invites us to appreciate the wonders found within our environment and encourages us to explore further into botany and horticulture. Science Photo Library has once again captured a moment that encapsulates both scientific significance and artistic beauty. Through this image, we are reminded of how even something as simple as a leaf holds immense biological importance while simultaneously enchanting us with its visual splendor.

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