Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 186, Issue 1, pp 17–32

Floral anatomy and morphology in thePolygalaceae


  • Bente Eriksen
    • Department of Systematic BotanyUniversity of Göteborg

DOI: 10.1007/BF00937711

Cite this article as:
Eriksen, B. Pl Syst Evol (1993) 186: 17. doi:10.1007/BF00937711


Floral morphology and anatomy of 15 genera in thePolygalaceae have been studied. The pentamerous origin of the polygalaceous flower is confirmed and shown to apply to all genera in the family. The keel is interpreted as a single petal, and the androecium as of bimeric origin. Vascular structure in the receptacles ofCarpolobia andMonnina subg.Monnina is described in detail, and a compilation of results, focusing on the vascular supply for the androecium and gynoecium, is given for all genera. Based on similarities and differences in vascularization it is concluded that present taxonomy, in particular the tribal system, needs to be reviewed.

Key words

PolygalaceaeFloral morphologyvascular anatomyanther dehiscence

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