, Volume 20, Issue 5–6, pp 431–452 | Cite as

A contribution to a cytogenetical survey of the Malvaceae

  • C. E. Ford


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    Chromosome numbers of 32 species from 13 genera representing three of the four tribes of the Malvaceae are reported. They are summarized in Table 1 (p. 433).

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    It is possible to identify certain of the chromosomes of the diploid species ofAbutilon by characteristic features of their morphology.

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    Attachment of chromosomes to the nucleolus in the prophase of mitosis or meiosis has been observed in several genera, especiallyAbutilon andSidalcea.

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    Secondary association probably occurs in most polyploid species examined, but is not pronounced.

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    Tetraploid strains occur in severalHibiscus species.

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    Of three races ofAnoda cristata L., two had the haploid number 15, while the third had n=18. The problem of the origin of such variant strains is discussed.

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    It is concluded that 7 is the basic number in theMalveae andUreneae, and probably also in theMalopeae. The basic number in theHibisceae is as yet uncertain, though the evidence is not incompatible with b=7 as in the Malveae and Ureneae.



Characteristic Feature Chromosome Number Diploid Species Variant Strain Basic Number 
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  • C. E. Ford
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of London, King's CollegeLondonUK

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