Paintbrush Seed

The last in this short series of scanning electron micrographs, circa 1981, is a seed of Castilleja chromosa, “Indian paintbrush,” from the Bodie Hills in Mono County. The seed is encased in a honeycomb of vessel cells, which at this scale would help the seed float on water for dispersal, and also hold moisture close to the seed for germination.

 

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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