Leaf Hairs on Deutzia scabra : 2012

Photograph by

Steve Lowry

About this image

Polarised light micrograph of the hairs on the leaf of a Fuzzy Deutzia (Deutzia scabra). The deutzias are members of the hydrangea family and are commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. The leaves have these stellate hairs, each of which is about 0.4mm across. Up to 20 species of Deutzia can be differentiated by the density and size of the hairs and the number of points on the ‘stars’. In Japan, traditional carpenters use leaves from D. scabra as a final polishing agent for mahogany. Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, United Kingdom