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Lily mitosis. A light microscope image of a cell from the endosperm of an African globe lily Haemanthus (Scadoxus) katherinae. This is one frame of a sequence that shows all phases of mitosis. The lily is considered a good organism for studying cell division because its endosperm has a liquid phase and chromosomes are thick and easier to see than human ones. Staining shows microtubules in red and chromosomes in blue. This image showing a cell in prophase is the 4th of a grouped series that spans mitosis.

Technical Details

See: De Mey J, Lambert AM, Bajer AS, Moeremans M, De Brabander M. Visualization of microtubules in interphase and mitotic plant cells of Haemanthus endosperm with the immuno-gold staining method. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1982 79:1898-902.

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Haemanthus katharinae
Cell Type
Cellular Component
nuclear chromosome
Biological Context
Biological Process
Andrew S. Bajer, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
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Archival Resource Key (ARK)
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Image Type
recorded image
Image Mode
bright-field microscopy
Parameters Imaged
absorption of illumination
Source of Contrast
differences in adsorption or binding of stain
Spatial Axis Image Size Pixel Size
X 768px ——
Y 524px ——