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Pollen morphology of the genus Arenaria L. (subgenus arenaria) (Caryophyllaceae) in Turkey

Cahit Dogan and Nihan Cakir

In this study, the palynological characters of 16 perennial taxa belonging to subgenus Arenaria L. (Caryophyllaceae) from Turkey were examined. We studied the morphological features of the pollen grains by using light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and microphotographs of the pollen grains were taken. As a result of the morphological observation of pollen grains using LM, that pollen size and numbers of pores on the pollen grain differ between taxa. In conclusion, the pollen type of the taxa belonging to subgen. Arenaria are pantoporate (periporate), the pollen shape is prolate spheroidal, the exine structure is subtectate, and the ornamentation is microechinate perforate. The pores are covered with an operculum and the surface of the operculum is microechinate. The pollen properties of each taxon in the genus are given in detail.

To Cite this article: Dogan, C. and N. Cakir. 2019. Pollen morphology of the genus Arenaria L. (subgenus arenaria) (Caryophyllaceae) in Turkey. Pak. J. Bot., 51(6): DOI:

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