Sunday, July 30, 2017

Like Menacing Clouds...

Hulthemia petals at 400X seem to forebode stormy weather on the way.

Above are shown the surface cells of a Hulthemia seedling along the junction of the blotch with the rest of the petal.  Some of the cells are very darkly pigmented.

Further from the leading edge of the blotch these deeply pigmented cells (seen at 40X below) may be surrounded by non-blotch cells. 

All of the photos here are of fresh naked petals (no cover slip or preservative was used) to allow for better representation of the surface architecture.  The close-up shots reveal a myriad of color intensities present, reminiscent of a Pointillism work by French artist Seurat.

A more tangential shot of a petal, shown below, is of the Hulthemia seedling described in Heat and Sun Tolerant Blotch.  There is so much texture to the surface that it looks like a million marbles racing down a slope.

Yes, this wannabe botanist scientist is having fun with his new microscope!  :)


  1. compound? What are the specs on the scope and $.

  2. Yes, found on Amazon.

    Product features
    Total magnification for brightfield: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Total magnification for phase contrast: 100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: widefield WF10X/18 and WF25X; Brightfield objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X (S), 100X (S, Oil); Phase contrast objectives (in phase contrast kit): achromatic PH10X, PH40X (S), PH100X (S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular
    Interpupillary distance: sliding adjustable 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch (55mm ~ 75mm); Diopter: adjustable on both eyepiece tubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical stain-resistant double layer, size: 5-1/2inch x 5-1/2inch (140mm x 140mm), translation range: 3inch x 2inch (75mm x 50mm); Photo tube adjustment range: 5/8inch (15mm); Focus: coaxial coarse and fine focus knobs on both sides, rack and pinion adjustment, with tension control
    Focusing knob can be locked for observation and transportation; Condenser and diaphragm: Abbe NA1.25 rack and pinion adjustment condenser with iris aperture diaphragm; Phase contrast kit: - NA1.25 condenser - Three separated condenser annular plates: 10X, 40X, 100X - Three phase contrast objectives: 10X, 40X, 100X - Each phase contrast condenser can be centered individually
    37mm mounting size in diameter - Centering telescope: 23.2mm; Black palm rest on the base; Illumination: transmitted (lower), replaceable 3W LED light, variable intensity; Metal mechanical components; Power supply: 100V~240V 50/60Hz worldwide range (US and Canada power plug)
    Digital camera: - true color 3488x2616 pixels (9M pixels) - 0.5X reduction lens to get larger field of view - 0.01 mm calibration slide: 1mm/100 division - Frame rate: 1.9fps at 3488x2616, 8fps at 1744x1308, 27fps at 872x654 - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS and Linux operating system - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images - USB cable included; 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

  3. Wonderful and beautiful pictures...thankyou for sharing interesting ! :)