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Abstract                 Volume:4  Issue-7  Year-2016          Original Research Articles

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Pollen Morphology of some Medicinal Plants in Asteraceae form Nigeria
C. Ekeke*, G. C. Obute and N. Ogwu
Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
*Corresponding author

The present study investigated the variations and similarities in the pollen morphology of 13 species of Asteraceae from Nigeria used for different medicinal purposes. Mature flowers of these plants were cut off, the pollens dusted on a slide containing a drop of glycerin, observed under microscope and micro-photographed using Leica WILD MPS 52 microscope camera. Generally, the pollens are radially symmetrical, isopolar, tricolporate and spheroidal. The equatorial diameter of the species studied ranged from 17.14µm to 55.72µm while the length of the spines varied generally varied from 1.09µm to 8.45µm. The pollen morphology of the species investigated was found to have diagnostic value and however supports the previous classification of these plants as distinct species.

Keywords: Pollen morphology, Medicinal Plants, Asteraceae
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How to cite this article:

Ekeke, C., G. C. Obute and Ogwu, N. 2016. Pollen Morphology of some Medicinal Plants in Asteraceae form Nigeria.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 4(7): 135-172
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2016.407.020