These Flowers Look Bizarre And Alien Under A Microscope

Can you guess what they are?

1. This is part of a flower.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

These images were all taken by a scanning electron microscope, which works in grayscale, with colour added in afterwards.

2. Closer up, it kind of looks like a ton of jellyfish huddling together.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

3. But it’s actually a…

Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) / Via en.wikipedia.org

4. This is also a flower petal.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

5. From this flower.

Flickr: cq-biker / Creative Commons

6. This looks like a tiny landscape covered in yellow trees.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

7. But actually it’s a petal from this flower.

André Karwath aka Aka / Via en.wikipedia.org

8. This is a flower bud. Or is it an alien hatching from an egg?

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

9. Nope, it really is a flower bud. From this tree.

Benjamint444 / Via en.wikipedia.org

10. Whatever these are, they look pretty alien.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

11. But they’re actually stamens from this flower.

Christer Johansson

12. Is this some kind of virus?

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

13. Nope, it’s petal hairs from this flower.

14. This is a flower’s stigma (the part of the plant that receives pollen).

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

15. Close up, it looks more than a little freaky.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

16. But it’s from this flower.

Flickr: 7147684@N03 / Creative Commons

17. These look a bit like teeny tiny eggs laid by some kind of parasite.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

18. But they’re actually pollen grains from this flower.

Jjron / Via en.wikipedia.org

19. A horrendous disease? Or more pollen?

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

20. Of course it’s pollen. On this plant’s stigma.

Andreas Trepte / Via en.wikipedia.org

21. This is an anther, part of a plant’s stamen.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

22. It’s from the flower of this plant.

23. At least this one looks vaguely flower-like. Sort of.

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

24. It’s from this flower.

Flickr: htakashi / Creative Commons

25. Is it a bird? Is it an insect? Is it a horrible alien with eyes coming out of its mouth?

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

26. And really freaky, bumpy skin?

Eye Of Science / SPL / Barcroft

27. Nope, it’s another flower.

Flickr: pfly / Creative Commons

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
    Now Buzzing