Stomata in ferns


Structure  and Development in Some Leptosporangiate Ferns

by Inamdar J. A., Patel R. C., Bhatt D. C. (1971)

in Ann Bot (1971) 35 (3): 643-651. – 



The structure and development of stomata are described for 17 species of leptosporangiate ferns. In these species the mature stomata are anomocytic, diacytic, Pyrrosia (applied), tetracytic, suspended, or floating type.

Stomata are present on both surfaces of floating as well as submerged leaves of Azolla and Marsilea.

In a few species twin stomata, arrested development, and persistent stomatal initials are present Floating stomata result from disintegration of the anticlinal suspending wall in Pleopeltis, and by detachment and displacement in Azolla pinnata.

The development of stomata is haplocheilic, syndetocheilic, or syndetohaplocheilic. In Cyathea spinulosa the guard cell nuclei divide amitotically and the resulting two daughter nuclei occupy the opposite poles of the guard cells.

See the text: AOB


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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