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Plant Hair

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This is a cystolithic hair. The base of the hair is typically filled with a substance that may be liquid or solid. This substance is generally missing after the hair is broken from the surface of the leaf.

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Uphof, J.C. Th., Karl Hummel, and Karin Staesche, PLANT HAIRS, Gebruder Borntraeger, Berlin, 1962.