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Systematics Section / ASPT

Sonibare, Mubo Adeola [1], Jayeola, Adeniyi, A [2], Egunyomi, Adeyemi [2], Murata, Jin [3].

A survey of epidermal morphology in Ficus Linn. (Moraceae) of Nigeria.

A detailed morphological study of the leaf epidermis of the tropical genus Ficus Linn. in Nigeria is presented. The study revealed several interesting epidermal features that have not previously been reported in the genus. Leaf epidermal characters such as pattern of epidermal cells, type of stomata, shape of guard cell pairs, and cuticular ornamaentations are constant in some species and variable in others and thus of great significance in understanding the relationships between and within species. Leaves are hypostomatic in all species except in F. vallis-choudae Del. which has amphistomatic leaves. Poral epidermal walls of the outer stomatal ledge are distinctly higher than the peristomatic rims in F. cyathistipula subsp. cyathistipula Warb., F. lyrata Warb., and F. sagittifolia Mildbr. & Burret. -DU


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1 - University of Ibadan, Pharmacognosy, Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo, 00005, Nigeria
2 - University of Ibadan, Botany and Microbiology, Ibadan, Oyo, 200005, Nigeria
3 - University of Tokyo, Botanical Gardens, 3-7-1 Hakusan Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo, 112-0001, Japan

Keywords:
Epidermal characters
Ficus
Morphological survey
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Taxonomy.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 30-6
Location: 134/Performing Arts Center
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 9:15 AM
Abstract ID:9


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