Trichomes of Mullein Leaf

These accessory structures occur most often along stems and leaves, but they can also be found on the surface of petals and comprise the fragrant and sweet nectaries that draw pollinating creatures. Many forms of trichome help adjust the microclimate on the surfaces of the leaves by reflecting solar radiation and preventing evaporation of critical water supplies. Trichomes that manifest curly shapes are developed for use as reflectors by such plants as the desert brittlebush. Each variety of plant produces trichomes that are most suited to cope with the conditions of its environment. Although various forms exist, these appendages commonly occur as glandular, nonglandular, scales, papillae, or hair-like structures.

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