Stomata in Oleaceae

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Ontogeny of stomata in some Oleaceae.

by Inamdar J. A. (1968)

Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

in Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences 67:157-164. – doi:10.1007/BF03053867 –


The present investigation deals with the epidermal structure and development of stomata for seven species of Oleaceae.

The epidermal cells are either polygonal isodiametric or elongated in various directions and irregularly arranged. The anticlinal walls are thick, mostly straight, rarely sinuous. The surface of the cuticle shows parallel or corrugated striations.

The mature stomata are anomocytic, perigenous and paracytic. In some cases the stomata with a single subsidiary cell have also been observed.

The development of the paracytic and the stomata with a single subsidiary cell is mesogenous.

The retention of Nyctanthes arbor-tristis Linn. in the Oleaceae is also substantiated by the study of stomatal development.


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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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

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