I see this very curious patterns on the sun-facing side of a jasmine (probably) leaf - visible with a makeshift microscope (about 50x)

What are them? Pores? Are there other plants with similar textures?

The microscope is made out of a webcam, as described here

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  • $\begingroup$ really curious. What are these? $\endgroup$
    – MySky
    Aug 16, 2013 at 8:01

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Despite low resolution, I'd say those are trichomes. Jasminum is genera that produce essential oils, so it have glandular hairs and other trichomes wich help to rettain the oil layer.

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Source: http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue53/article2207.html?ts=1376643526&signature=b4349f7f3ca6f6a47823f4754237eaac

The image displayed above shows glandular and non-glandular trichomes in lavander shown by scanning electron microscopy. I'm afraid I couldn't find anything about Jasminum in particular, but I think it must be the same kind of structure.


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