ADEYEMI, TEMITOPE OLABISI , Ogundipe, Oluwatoyin Temitayo , Olowokudejo, James Dele .
Epidermal Morphology of African Sapindaceae.
Sapindaceae is one of the most important plant families in the tropics particularly in Africa most widely known for their use in medicine. Foliar epidermal studies were carried out on some representative members of the family sapindaceae in Africa. Fifty (50) taxa representing a total of fifteen (15) genera were studied and illustrated with 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, glandular or stellate trichomes and straight, wavy or curved anticlinal wall patterns. Papillae are present in some members while others possess striae. 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.
Key words: Sapindaceae, SEM, Stomata, Trichome, Africa
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1 - University of Lagos, Botany, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, LAGOS, 23401, Nigeria
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: Lindell B/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM