Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 245, Issue 1, pp 119–142

Comparative floral structure and systematics in Apodanthaceae (Rafflesiales)

  • Albert Blarer
  • Daniel L. Nickrent
  • Peter K. Endress

DOI: 10.1007/s00606-003-0090-2

Cite this article as:
Blarer, A., Nickrent, D. & Endress, P. Plant Syst. Evol. (2004) 245: 119. doi:10.1007/s00606-003-0090-2


Comparative studies on floral morphology, anatomy, and histology were performed to identify shared features of the genera of Apodanthaceae (Rafflesiales): Apodanthes, Pilostyles, and Berlinianche. Berlinianche was studied for the first time in detail and its affinity to Apodanthaceae was confirmed. It has a previously undescribed hair cushion on the inner perianth organs and inaperturate pollen. Shared features of members of Apodanthaceae are: unisexual flowers; three (or four) alternating di-/tetra- or tri-/hexamerous whorls of scales of which the inner one or two correspond to a perianth; a synandrium with pollen sacs typically arranged in two rings; opening by a dehiscence line between the two rings of pollen sacs; large vesicular hairs above the synandrium; a gynoecium with four united carpels; inferior and unilocular ovaries with four parietal placentae, ovules tenuinucellate, anatropous with two well developed integuments, oriented in various directions; a nectary disk. Apodanthaceae share some special structural features with Malvales.

Key words

Apodanthaceae Apodanthes Berlin-ianche eudicots Malvales parasitic plants  Pilostyles Rafflesiales 

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Blarer
    • 1
  • Daniel L. Nickrent
    • 2
  • Peter K. Endress
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Systematic BotanyUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Plant Biology and Center for Systematic BiologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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