sharing our knowledge.
Photographic gallery.  Thousands of particles under the microscope.
Madake Bamboo Longitudinal Section Through the Microscope

Madake Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides) Longitudinal Section

This is an image from a stained standard section of Madake bamboo in the region of the node. It has been stained with safranin and astra blue. Safranin stains the cellulose red and astra blue stains the lignin blue. The cells at the top of the image are parenchyma cells. The branching bundle of long fiber and the lignin rich vessel cells in the middle of this image are characteristic of the node region.

Transmitted Brightfield Illumination


KINGDOM: Plantae UNRANKED: Angiosperms UNRANKED: Monocots UNRANKED: Commelinids ORDER: Poales FAMILY: Poaceae SUBFAMILY: Bambusoideae TRIBE: Bambuseae SUBTRIBE: Shibataeinae GENUS: Phyllostachys SUBGENUS: SPECIES: bambusoides

Significance in the Environment:

Characteristic Features:

Associated Particles:


Click here for more information on the microstructure of Bamboo.