Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 298, Issue 1, pp 205–219 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of qualitative anatomical characters of Trifolium L. (Fabaceae) and their taxonomic implications: preliminary results

  • Lana Zoric
  • Ljiljana Merkulov
  • Jadranka Lukovic
  • Pal Boza
Original Article

Abstract

A comparative anatomical study of 20 Trifolium species was carried out using light and scanning electron microscopy in order to investigate the structure of their vegetative and reproductive organs and to evaluate the taxonomic significance of qualitative characters for distinguishing between the taxa. Characters were coded and analysed by multiple correspondence analysis. The combination of selected qualitative anatomical characters of the petiole, stipules, stem, peduncle and calyx (not previously studied in detail) were significant in delimiting sections of the genus Trifolium, but not for identification of species. The characters that contributed most to the separation of sections were peduncle cross-section shape, the presence of trichomes on the calyx tubes and the presence of trichomes and crystals in the stipules.

Keywords

Clover Comparative anatomy Correspondence analysis Plant structure Taxonomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lana Zoric
    • 1
  • Ljiljana Merkulov
    • 1
  • Jadranka Lukovic
    • 1
  • Pal Boza
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology and EcologyUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia

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