J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2005, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (9): -.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2005.00124.x

• Research Articles •    

Pollen Morphology of Eight Genera of the Subtribe Mutisiinae Less. Sensu Bremer (Compositae) from Asia

Na-Na LIN, Hong WANG, De-Zhu LI and Stephen BLACKMORE   

Abstract: The pollen morphology of 28 species and one variety representing eight genera of the subtribe Mutisiinae Less. sensu Bremer (Compositae) was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy. The pollen grains are usually radically symmetrical, isopolar, and tricolporate. The shape varies from spheroidal to subprolate in equatorial view and is three-lobed circular in polar view. Based on exine sculpturing observed under SEM, the pollen grains can be divided into three types: (i) type I, with macrogranulate sculpture; (ii) type II, with a finely granulate sculpture; and (iii) type III, with spiny sculpture. The palynological data showed that the Macroclinidium Maxim. was remarkably distinguished from those of the other seven genera. The variation of pollen characteristics within the Mutisiinae in Asia is little at species level, but it proves some useful information for studying the relationships among genera and it has an important significance in further understanding the evolutionary history of Mutisiinae.

Key words: Asia, Compositae, Mutisiinae, pollen morphology.

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