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Pollen morphology of the genus Fritillaria L. (Liliaceae) Turkey

Mehtap TEKŞEN¹, Zeki AYTADz, Nur Münevver PINAR³
Turkish Journal of Botany, 34: 397 – 416 (2010)
¹Aksaray University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, Campus, 68100 Aksaray, Turkey
²Gazi University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara, Turkey
³Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, 06100 Tandoğan, Ankara, Turkey

Teksen et al. 2010


Pollen grains of 39 taxa of the genus Fritillaria L. in Turkey were examined by light and scanning electron microscopy. Detailed pollen morphological characteristics are given for these taxa. Our investigation shows that the sculpturing of the exine provides valuable characters for separating species. In particular, sculpturing of the exine at the proximal face turned out to be taxonomically important. Six types of ornamentation were determined: reticulate, reticulate-perforate, suprareticulate, rugulate-reticulate, psilate-perforate, and perforate. On the basis of exine sculpturing, the sulcus membrane, and the apex sulcus, 5 main pollen types are recognised.

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