Heteromorphic stomata in Pterygota alata

 

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Structure and distribution of heteromorphic stomata in Pterygota alata (Roxb.) R. Br. (Malvaceae, formerly Sterculiaceae)

by Mitra S., Maiti G. G., Maity D. (2015)

Sonia MITRA, Taxonomy and Biosystematics Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata – 700 019, W.B. (India)

G. G. MAITI, Department of Botany, University of Kalyani, Nadia, W.B. (India)

Debabrata MAITY, Taxonomy and Biosystematics Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta

 

in ADANSONIA, sér. 3 • 2015 • 37 (1): 139-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.5252/a2015n1a9

ABSTRACT

Thirteen types of stomata along with 18 subtypes and 3 intermediate subtypes between brachyparahexacytic monopolar and dipolar are reported here to be present in the leaves of Pterygota alata (Roxb.) R. Br. var. alata and Pterygota alata (Roxb.) R. Br. var. irregularis (W. W. Sm.) Deb & S. K. Basu.

The foliar epidermal cells are either polygonal, rectangular, or triangular, having either straight anticlinal walls or sinuous to undulate walls, and isodiametric in surface view. The observed stomata are amphibrachyparacytic, amphicyclocytic, anisocytic, anomocytic, anomotetracytic, brachyparacytic, brachyparahexacytic, brachyparatetracytic, cyclocytic, paracytic, parahexacytic (dipolar), paratetracytic and stephanocytic.

Besides these, the presence of giant stomata is a significant finding. Cuticular striations are present on the subsidiary cells, epidermal cells and sometimes even on guard cells.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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

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