J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1987, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): -.

• Research Articles •    

Floral Morphology of Populus lasiocarpa Oliv and Its Phylogenetic Position in Populus

Hong Tao, Ma Zuo-li and Chen Jing-shi   

Abstract: The results of this study, which involved macroscopic, microscopic and SEM investigation of flowers of Populus lasiocarpa Oliv., may be stated as follows: 1. Female, male and bisexual flowers possess well developed perianth greenish in color with obvious veins and glandular teeth. The branched vascular bundles and stomata apparatus are observed in the transection of the perianth. It suggests that the perianth is homologous with the leaf. 2. Each pistil of female and bisexual flowere possesses 3(–5) separate styles. The ovary is I-celled with 16–34 ovules. Each male flower has 41–110 stamens. The connective of stamen is protrusive. Presence of bisexual, polygamous flower and monoecism is not rare. 3. In comparison with several other species of Populus, P. lasiocarpa is supposed to be the most ancient and primitive species of the Populus. The central and south-west China perhaps is one of distributional center of Populus.

Key words: Populus lasiocarpa Oliv., Perianth, Phylogenetic position

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