Photos of CP seeds

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  1. WillyCKH

    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    Isn't it amazing how these small seeds can become such beautiful and adaptive plants? [​IMG]

    Seeds of Drosera capensis, ~60x from phone camera on top of a mini microscope
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    Seed of Drosera spatulata, ~60x from phone camera on top of a mini microscope
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    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    Drosera filiformis seed
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    Love it. Can I make a request!? Flytrap seed!
     
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    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    Dionaea muscipula seed is huge! It has relatively smooth surface, no wonder it is one of the easier seeds for sterilization (to prepare for tissue culture).
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    Except mould hides inside the shell, waiting for germination
     
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    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    Drosera intermedia
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    The variation of seed shapes is always amazing. Many of those seed are really small and dark seed are sometimes hard to take pictures of. Good job. Keep going Willy.

    BTW, here are some other resources of CP seed images:
    1. ICPS seed bank: CP seed and Drosera seed
    2. utricularia.de
    3. And an older French web site, with some (more fuzzy) images
    4. Byblis seed
     
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    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks, @Eric !! Right now I'm using a handheld magnifier made by a brand called Carson. Eventually I want to save up money and get a nice microscope, which should give us much better pictures. :)
     
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    Drosera intermedia {Mt. Roraima, Venezuela}
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    Drosera finlaysoniana
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    What you'd need is a cheap USB mikroscope with ring LEDs for 20 bucks. Even with the best microscope you can't get past the depth of field without stacking. So take a series of pictures with focus scanning ($ remote-manual focus would be good) and process these with some stacking software (Picolay and combineZP are freeware or $ try more conveniently Zerene). You can already get pretty good results with this. For the next level try to construct a monster like this (with stackshot controller, stepper motor, professional microscope, DSLR, vibration isolation, and so on.).
     
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    Haha that'd be overkill for just a few photos of seeds. I think the current setup works fine for capture the rough size, shape and texture of the Drosera seeds.
     
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    Here some of my examples using an inexpensive USB microscope:

    Drosera capillaris - the ridges are characteristic
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    Pinguicula laueana (with seed capsule)
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    Darlingtonia californica - the bristles may act as burs to catch on to the fur of animals or your clothing
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    Sarracenia purpurea from Bruce Peninsula ON: You can see the waxy coating, the close-up structure reminds me a bit of this Greek candy (pasteli) made out of sesame and honey...
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    Heliamphora nutans "Giant form" - ready to fly
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    Wow! Are you using focus stacking? How are you doing that?
     
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    No extras, most of my seed is just much larger than yours. Look at D.capillaris to compare. And my pictures are smaler/lower pixel resolution.
     
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    Byblis liniflora seed, ~60x magnification
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    Drosera spatulata "Jacoby"
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    Drosera spatulata {South-East of Queensland}
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