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Pollen morphology of JapaneseSymplocos (Symplocaceae)

  • Hidetoshi Nagamasu
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Abstract

The pollen morphology of all 23 Japanese species ofSymplocos (1 of subgenusEusymplocos, and 22 of subgenusHopea) was comprehensively studied using LM, SEM and TEM, and found to be classifiable into two types (Type I and II) primarily on the basis of wall structure. Type I, characterized by a thick tectum lacking a supratectal structure and reduced columellae, occurs in subgenusEusymplocos, while Type II, characterized by a thin tectum with a supratectal structure and generally distinct columellae, occurs in subgenusHopea. Resemblances in wall structure suggest a closer relationship of subgenusEusymplocos to subgenusMicrosymplocos as well as of subgenusHopea to subgenusEpigenia. This fact contradicts the earlier proposed infrageneric classification, and may require its revision. Within Type II, five subtypes are recognized primarily on the basis of sculpture combined with other pollen characters. Systematic value of sculpture (i.e., subtype), aperture morphology and “globules”, as well as certain species relationships based on those characters, are also discussed.

Key words

Palynology Pollen Symplocaceae Symplocos Taxonomy 

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© The Botanical Society of Japan 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidetoshi Nagamasu
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  1. 1.Department of Botany, Faculty of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyoto

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