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coleyamzn
Feb 21, 2018 5:23 PM CST
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I took his photo of white prose millet seedlings using a macro lens for my phone, and I am wondering what the physiological function of the little "hairs" on the leaves is.


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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2018 5:45 PM CST
Those little hairs are called Trichomes. They can protect against evaporation in the wind, act as insulation from heat or cold, and sometimes even keep little bugs from reaching the leaf surface to take a few bites.
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