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Hair types, pollen, and seed surfaces of Solanum macrocarpon L. complex and Solanum linnaeanum Hepper ex Jaeger were studied using a light and scanning electron microscope. The different hair types occurring in the S. macrocarpon complex and S. linnaeanum can be used to differentiate the various groups in S. macrocarpon complex, and S. macrocarpon from S. linnaeanum. Pollen of S. macrocarpon complex was tricolporate, prolate spheroidal, and the surface ornamented. Pollen characters could not be used to differentiate groups belonging to S. macrocarpon complex. Seed surface patterns were found to be similar in S. macrocarpon complex and S. linnaeanum, and hence of little taxonomic value.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Botany, Makerere University ; 2: Department of Biochemistry, Makerere University


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