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Picture This: showcasing amazing images captured by our community

Nematoleis squamea

A microscope captures what the eye cannot. In this instance, it’s the incredible colours, delicate structures, and intricate patterns of a leaf.

It’s an image taken through a microscope of a satinwood leaf. It reveals the lower leaf surface is covered in silver umbrella- like scales.

The shrub or small tree is known for its scaly appearance on its leaves and stems, reflected in its botanical name: Nematoleis squamea. In Latin, squamous means scaly.

The image belongs to University of Tasmania alumnus Dr Rob Wiltshire (BSc Hons 1984, PhD 1991).

Part of his role as Senior Lecturer in the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania is to help students explore the interaction between plant form and function in a second year unit called Plants in Action.

Photography is an essential part of his profession, as it provides engaging and informative pictures for his students to study.

You may also be familiar with Dr Wiltshire’s photographic work in the popular publications: TreeFlip, EucaFlip and PooFlip.

“It is a thrill to have my images on the walls of public spaces around the University and to contribute to other artists' creative works and my colleagues' scientific publications,” he said.

Picture This is a new section that seeks to celebrate our global alumni community. We want to showcase all the amazing places we live and the interesting aspects of our diverse lives and careers. To submit a photograph, or to find out more, please email us

Published on: 15 Jul 2020 3:32pm