Stomata in Litsaea

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Study of Stomata in Fifteen Species of Litsaea Lamk. of Family Lauraceae

by Vaidya M. (2016)

Meenakshi VaidyaMeenakshi_Vaidya2

in Asian Journal of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Research Issue 1 (Vol. 6) 2016 ISSN: 2231-2560 – 


Cuticular features of Lauraceae were studied in the early twentieth century. Litsaea Lamk. belongs to family Lauraceae.

The mature stomata of 15 species of Litsaea are studied. The leaves are hypostomatic. The stomata are absent on the upper epidermis. The stomata are present only on the lower epidermis.

The types of stomata observed in the studied species of Litsaea are paracytic, anomocytic, anisocytic, brachyparacytic, hemiparacytic, brachyparatetracytic and amphiparacytic type.

These features help in the identification of the species as the morphological key of this genus is based on development of anther. Thus we can make use of anatomy as a tool for the identification of the species of this genus Litsaea.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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

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