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Lily Embryo - 40x (Autofluorescence)

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The three-dimensional reconstruction of a lily embryo shown above was imaged at 40x by means of autofluorescence. More than 100 species of herbaceous flowering plants belonging to the genus Lilium are commonly known as lilies. Among the earliest cultivated plants, lilies were grown in ancient Greece and Rome as ornamentals and for medicinal purposes. Like other monocots, the lily embryo exhibits a single cotyledon, or seed leaf. Other parts of the embryo include the embryonic primary root, or radicle, and an embryonic stem referred to as the hypocotyl.