Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 327–331 | Cite as

Studies on samh seeds (Mesembryanthemum forsskalei Hochst) growing in Saudi Arabia, 1: Anatomy of Samh Seed

  • M. S. Al-Jassir
  • M. A. Nawawy
  • A. I. Mustafa


The seeds of Samh (Mesembryanthemum forsskalei) are ‘Ostensibly Campylatropous’ as they seem externally anatropous but internally they have a curved embryo and both the seed body and the funicle exchange shapes. The embryo occupies a cylindrical seed body and is surrounded by a thin layer of endosperm; the major part of the endosperm occupies an ovoid bulge resembling a seed body.

Key words

Anatomy Samh seeds Scanning electromicroscopy 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Al-Jassir
    • 1
  • M. A. Nawawy
    • 1
  • A. I. Mustafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural and Food SciencesKing Faisal UniversityAl-HassaKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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