I found this strange star-like thing while observing a slide of onion root somatic cells. I don't know that it is; I even doubt if it is an organism. It has conical arms directed radially outwards all over it's body. It wasn't moving. If it was indeed living, maybe I had killed it while flaming the slide. Anyway, I am interested in knowing more about this unexpected guest of mine. Can anyone tell me what it is ?


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It may be a stellate trichome from a plant.

You can find other ones by taking swabs from the onion and nearby plants.

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wiki info about trichomes


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