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Heather Flower Sepal – II

Erica sp.

Magnification: 470:1

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Heather flower sepal. Colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sepal, an adapted leaf, on the flower of a heather (Erica sp.) plant. Many plants have developed highly structured water-repellent and self-cleaning surfaces, which avoid the plant to shed debris when during rain. Man-made reconstructions of such structures would have many beneficial uses in our daily lives, agriculture, and industry. Therefore mimicking nature has been a central strategy in the research field of biomimetics (Bionik) for many years.