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Naples garlic The structure of garlic could be mistaken for exquisite coloured glass. When a tiny stem section is stained with toluidine blue, a dye that builds up in the acidic parts of tissue, nucleic acids show up in blue. The dark spot is a bundle of vascular tissue that carries nutrients and fluids up the stem. The full image is a composite of 55 shots.


A fern is any one of a group of about 12,000 species of plants belonging to the botanical group known as Pteridophyta. Unlike mosses, they have xylem and phloem (making them vascular plants). They have stems, leaves, and roots like other vascular plants. Ferns reproduce via spores (as shown here on the back of the leaf) and have neither seeds nor flowers.


A cross section of a bamboo stem, showing the vascular tissue used to move water and nutrients through the plant. Image by Dr. Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge.

from National Geographic

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