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Seed morphology of Erica L. sect. Tylospora Salisb. ex I. Hansen

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Seed morphology of Erica australis L., the only species of section Tylospora, was studied. SEM pictures were taken of whole seeds and details. Quantitative characters were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance. Other secondary characters such as weight of 100 seeds and color were also recorded.Two main seed types were observed; the main discriminant characters were the caruncle length and the elongation of the seed body. This finding supports the existence of two subspecies, australis and aragonensis with a north-south gradient in morphological variation between the two subspecies, with intermediate populations in contact areas. The presence of a caruncle and the inconspicuous anticlinal walls of the surface cells are only found in this species within Erica genus in Europe.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela


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