Leaf Scale from Eleagnus

Macro Art
Leaf Scale from Eleagnus by Steve Lowry

Image details - Leaf Scale from Eleagnus

Photographer: Steve Lowry
Competition: Competition 7
Category: Macro Art


Eleagnus species (silverberry or oleaster) are mostly native to Asia. The underside of the leaves are covered with leaf scales which give them a silvery appearance. Scales are present on the upper surface of leaves in fewer numbers. These scales may reduce evaporation and act as a defence against grazing. This image was part of a series of micrographs of plant structures which I photographed using polarised light microscopy.


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