Photos of CP seeds

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Isn't it amazing how these small seeds can become such beautiful and adaptive plants?


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 Moderator
Staff member
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. :)
 

Eric

Plant
I want to save up money and get a nice microscope, which should give us much better pictures
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.).
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
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.
 

Eric

Plant
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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Eric

Plant
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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