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Morphology of the Vessel Elements in the Secondary Xylem of the Myristicaceae from Brazilian Amazonia

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A morphological study of vessel elements was carried out in species representing the five genera of Myristicaceae present in the Brazilian Amazon region. The results show that perforation plates of the scalariform type predominate in Compsoneura, Iryanthera and Otoba, where as perforation plates of the simple type predominate in Osteophloeum and Virola. The phylogenetic and taxonomie implications of these findings are discussed.


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