Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 359–364

Style morphological diversity of some Asteraceae species from Argentina: systematic and functional implications

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DOI: 10.1007/s10265-007-0081-4

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Torres, C. & Galetto, L. J Plant Res (2007) 120: 359. doi:10.1007/s10265-007-0081-4


Stylar micromorphological diversity of 42 Asteraceae species from Argentina was analysed considering species phylogenetic membership and some floral reproductive functions (pollen presentation and pollen reception). In particular, the morphology and organisation of pollen presenter (sweeping hairs) and pollen receptive structures (stigmatic papillae) were described. Results showed that style morphology of the studied species is far more diverse than the categories previously established for Asteraceae, and that it is problematic to relate the sweeping-hair arrangement of species to the only three modes of pollen presentation described for the family, indicating that the hypothesised relationship could be more complex than was formerly thought. For all species with di- or trimorphic florets, the styles of female florets were more slender and without or with more reduced sweeping hairs than the styles of hermaphrodite florets, and divergences of sweeping hair arrangements and morphology were higher among phylogenetically related species. These results suggest that functional aspects of floral morphology seem to be more important than phylogenetic constraints as selective forces determining stylar pollen presentation structures. In contrast, stigmatic-area organisation as well as the morphology of stigmatic papillae remain identical between female and hermaphrodite florets and among phylogenetically related species. Thus, stigmatic papilla morphology seems to be a phylogenetically constrained character in the studied species.


AsteraceaeSEM micrographsStigmatic-area organisationStigmatic papillaeSweeping hairs

Supplementary material

10265_2007_81_MOESM1_ESM.rtf (131 kb)
S1. Style morphological characters of 42 Asteraceae species. Values show means ± SD. * = only the female floret has been measured; nd = no data. Species were arranged according to the phylogenetic classification proposed by Funk et al. (2005), following an ascending evolutionary position. (RTF 132 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas)CórdobaArgentina