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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 approaching metaphase is the 5th 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
(catherine wheel)
Cell Type
Cellular Component
nuclear chromosome

Biological Context

Biological Process


Andrew S. Bajer, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


This image is part of a group.


Image Type
recorded image
Imaging 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 ——
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