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BIOINFOLET - A Quarterly Journal of Life Sciences
Year : 2009, Volume : 6, Issue : 1
First page : ( 71) Last page : ( 73)
Print ISSN : 0973-1431.

Seed morphology of some species belonging to family Convolvulaceae of Maharashtra

Alfawade M. M., Galkwad N. B., Yadav S. R.

Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur-416 004, Maharashtra, India.

Abstract

The seed characters are of great value in identification and evaluationary relationships. Seeds of 16 species belonging 2 genera of Convolvulaceae were collected from Maharashtra. The morphological variability in seed surfaces was studied in detail. Convolvulaceae show significant variation of diagnostic value in size, shape, hairiness and colour of seeds. Among the taxa studied, Merernia tuberosa show largest seeds whereas Ipomoea eriocarpa smallest. Seed colour ranged from creamy yellow to brown to black. The seeds are characterized by smooth, tuberculate to hairy surfaces.

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Key words

Convolvulaceae, seed morphology, Maharashtra.

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