A palynological study of the genus Mentha L. (Lamiaceae)


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Çelenk S. , Tarimcilar G., Bıçakçı A. , Kaynak G., Malyer H.

BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, vol.157, no.1, pp.141-154, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 157 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2008.00789.x
  • Title of Journal : BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-154
  • Keywords: light microscopy, pollen morphology, scanning electron microscopy, Turkey, Labiate, POLLEN MORPHOLOGY, LABIATAE

Abstract

The pollen morphology and exine structure of 10 Mentha L. species were investigated using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The pollen grains of all 11 species were hexazonocolpate with granular membranes and a circular amb, varying in shape from prolate-spheroidal to suboblate. Different colpus shapes were recognized in M. x dumetorum. The exine was bireticulate in section Pulegium, and reticulate in section Menthae. A correlation was found between pollen size and chromosome number. The results indicate that the pollen characters of the genus Mentha are valuable for taxonomic applications and may be useful for classification. (c) 2008 Uludag University. Journal compilation (c) 2008 The Linnean Society of London.