Tillandsia (air plant) growing in a class sphere
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Botanical Nerd Word: Trichome

Trichome: A hair or hair-like outgrowth of the epidermis.*

The leaves of Tillandsias (air plants) are covered in trichomes. The tiny hairs absorb water directly into the leaves.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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