The Bizarre Microcosm

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Nature is full of astounding shapes and colors, and as you zoom in even further it seems to become even more shocking. From the varied anthers of flowers to the spines on a beetle, the microcosm is full of surprises!

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Ericaceae Leaf Gall
Exobasidium spp. of fungi?

Galls are abnormal outgrowths on plants that can be caused by fungi, bacteria, or insects. I believe this one to be a species of Exobasidium (commonly found on the Ericaceae). Host plant in this picture is a Leonia
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Spondias dulcis flowers
Ambarella, June Plum

A close up of the flowers of Spondias dulcis, or Ambarella. This plant is in the Anacardiaceae (along with mango and poison ivy) and produces tasty fruits akin to mango.
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Leonotis nepetifolia
Klip Dagga, or Lion's Ear

A close up on the flowering parts of the Leonotis. This pattern is characteristic of many plants in the Lamiaceae, or mint family
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