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Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13: 183–187
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Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13: 183–187

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Comparative seed and leaf micromorphology of Colutea species (Fabaceae) from Iran

Leila Mirzaei1, Mostafa Assadi2, Taher Nejadsatari1,*, Iraj Mehregan1
1 Department of Biology of Basic Science,Tehran Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Hesarak-1477893855, Tehran, Iran
2 Research Institute of Forest and Ranglands, Tehran, Iran
* Corresponding author, E-mail: nejadsattari_t@yahoo.com


Light and scanning electron microscopical studies were carried out on seed and leaf surface morphological and micromorphological features of seven legume species belonging to genus Colutea L. The different seed types were described, illustrated, compared and their taxonomic importance is discussed. Seed characteristics, particularly exomorphic features, which were shown by scanning electron microscopy, can be used to resolve problems of systematics of species. Considerable variability of seed coats morphology was observed and its implication for species taxonomy is discussed. Within the genus Colutea L., species showed different characteristics for seed size and surface, hilum as well as differences in leaf surface characteristics. The study revealed that seed coat ornamentation within the genus shows considerable variation and can be helpful for taxonomic purposes.

Key words: Colutea, legume, micromorphology, morphology, scanning microscopy, seed surface.

Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13: 183–187
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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