It is real. And it is living.
From NIKON Small World 2011:
"Alien creatures? No, this 20x confocal microscopy image reveals the intrinsic fluorescence in a plant known as the "little hands" liverwort (Lepidozia reptans). The leaves of the tiny plant look like ... you guessed it, little hands. This image from University of British Columbia biologist Robin Young won fourth place in the Nikon Small World contest."
You can see the pic here on MSNBC.
And you can see the whole slide-show here.
I say, the world is just full of wonders to behold. Wow. Wow. Wow.