Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Red leaves under the microscope

Plants with red leave have a high content of anthocyanins as color in the cell vacuoles. This is an example of a red leaf from a Eurasian smoketree (Cotinus coggygria) under the microscope. He has red color on the upper side of the leaves while the bottom side contains also green chlorophyll. This makes a unique texture of the red cells on the green background.

Eurasian smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
Eurasian smoketree (Cotinus coggygria).

red leaf under the microscope
Overview under the microscope, the red mesh are the leaf veins.

Eurasian smoketree (Cotinus coggygria) red leaf under the microscope
And a closer view.

Eurasian smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
Red vacuoles.


  1. Stunning! And what a wonderful idea for a photo. (Of course first I'd have to get a microscope ... and then I'd have to borrow some of your talent)!

  2. These photos are wonderful! So beautiful and magical. :)


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