Unique tetrads of Epilobium luteum (Onagraceae Onagreae) pollen from Alaska
2008 (English)In: Brittonia, ISSN 0007-196X, E-ISSN 1938-436X, Vol. 60, no 4, 398-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aperture morphology of tetrad pollen of Epilobium luteum (Onagraceae: Epilobieae) from three Alaskan collections is highly variable. The first collection appears to lack apertures altogether and is presumed to consist of immature pollen gains in a genus known to achieve mature size before the apertures become distinctly protruding. A second collection has tetrads with 3- and 4-apertured grains, the apertures in the latter are often irregularly spaced and not in apposition with the apertures of neighboring members. The third collection consists of the more typical 3-apertured members that characterize the majority of Epilobium pollen grains. In all of these collections individual pollen grains (monads) are interspersed among the tetrads. The variations in the number of apertures emphasize the importance of having a comprehensive understanding of the stage of development of the pollen (taxon) examined when describing pollen collections. In the first collection this would mean the recognition that in Onagraceae apertures occur in the later stages of microspore ontogeny. In the latter two collections a thorough background of the literature of the pollen morphology on this largest Onagraceae taxon is useful for the understanding of the significance of a range of aperture numbers on Epilobium pollen grains.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 60, no 4, 398-404 p.
Apertures, Epilobium luteum, monads, Onagraceae, tetrads, viscin threads, microspore stages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57707DOI: 10.1007/s12228-008-9044-xISI: 000261619000013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-57707DiVA: diva2:417600
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