, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 136–144 | Cite as

Rearrangement of cells in storeyed cambium of Lonchocarpus sericeus (Poir.) DC connected with formation of interlocked grain in the xylem

  • Paweł Kojs
  • Wiesław Włoch
  • Aleksandra Rusin
Original Article


The history of cellular events in the storeyed cambium of Lonchocarpus sericeus (Poir.) DC was analysed on the basis of changes in the cell arrangement in successive layers and strata of axial parenchyma in the xylem. The mechanism of formation of the regular interlocked grain was investigated. Inclination of fusiform cells changes intensively whereas height and position of storeys in the successive layers of axial parenchyma are constant. As a result, new contacts between cells are formed by means of the intrusive growth of ends of cells belonging to one storey between the tangential walls of cells of the neighbouring storey and unequal periclinal divisions, which give a new shape to the initials. The concept of intrusive growth between the radial walls of the fusiform initials in the formation of xylem with interlocked grain should be revised on this basis.


Storeyed cambium Intrusive growth Unequal periclinal division Interlocked grain  Lonchocarpus sericeus 



We thank Professors Thomas Speck and Muhammed Iqbal for helpful comments and Dr. Peter Barlow for careful linguistic correction of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paweł Kojs
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wiesław Włoch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aleksandra Rusin
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanical Garden—Centre for Biological Diversity Conservation of the Polish Academy of SciencesWarsaw 76Poland
  2. 2.Department of Biophysics and Cell BiologySilesian UniversityKatowicePoland
  3. 3.International School of Education and Culture—Polish CollegeSilesian University Branch in CieszynCieszynPoland

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