, Volume 46, Issue 1–4, pp 184–193 | Cite as

Plant idioblasts: Remarkable examples of cell specialization

  • Adriance S. Foster


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    Three major categories of plant idioblasts, viz., excretory, tracheoid and sclerenchymatous, are illustrated and discussed from a comparative morphological point of view.

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    Certain aspects of recent ontogenetic investigations on the foliar sclereids of dicotyledons are briefly summarized and the importance of “terminal sclereids” in certain families is examined with reference to the general problem of “pattern” in the development of idioblastic cells.

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    The significance of differential and unequational cell divisions in the determination of cellular specificity in plants is briefly discussed with particular reference to idioblasts.



Cell Division Cell Specialization General Problem Major Category Cellular Specificity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriance S. Foster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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