Leaf epidermal morphology of Diospyros (Ebenaceae) in Nigeria
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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
The genus Diospyros L. belongs to Ebenaceae, with 30 species in Nigeria, that are either trees or shrubs, characterized by simple, estipulate, entire-margin leaves, without latex. The heartwood yields some commercial black ebony. The observed variations in the comparative study of leaf epidermis included: cell shapes ranging from irregular, polygonal to isodiametric; anticlinal cell wall pattern which is straight, curved, slightly wavy, wavy, or very wavy; cell wall thickness between 1.30 μm to 5.50 μm; cell wall ornamentations, present or absent; cuticular striations, present or absent; coronulated papillae, present or absent; stomata types, anomocytic, polycytic, cyclocytic to staurocytic; and trichome types, glandular to non-glandular.
leaf epidermis , morphology , Nigeria , taxonomy , Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Ugbogu, O. A., Olowokudejo, J. D. and Ogundipe, O. T. (2016). Leaf epidermal morphology of Diospyros (Ebenaceae) in Nigeria. Phytologia Balcanica 22(3): 377 – 385