Adeyemi , Temitope Olabisi , OGUNDIPE, OLUWATOYIN T. , OLOWOKUDEJO, JAMES D. .
Epidermal Morphology of West African Sapindaceae.
Members of Sapindaceae are most widely known for their use in medicine hence one of the most important plant families in the tropics particularly in Africa. Foliar epidermal studies were carried out on some representative members of the family Sapindaceae in West Africa. Fifty taxa representing a total of fifteen genera were studied and illustrated with light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). This revealed that the family exhibits a diverse range of characters, with no one feature being diagnostic. Most members of the family are hypostomatic. They exhibit anomocytic or paracytic stomata types; simple, non-glandular or glandular trichomes as well as straight, wavy or curved anticlinal wall patterns. Papillae are present in some members while others possess striations. A brief description of the epidermis of all genera studied is given, and character combinations are discussed which may allow the identification of these taxa.
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1 - University of Lagos, Department of Botany, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Lagos, 23401, Nigeria
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM