SEEDLING MORPHOLOGY AS A TOOL FOR TAXONOMIC STUDY IN SOME MEMBERS OF LEGUMINOSAE (FABACEAE)
|Sanghamitra Sanyall* and Nanda Dulal Paria1
Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, 35 Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkatta- 700 019, West Bengal, India
|Corresponding Author: Sanghamitra Sanyal, UG and PG Department of Botany, Bethune College, affiliated to University of Calcutta, 181, Bidhan Sarani, Kolkatta- 700 006, West Bengal, India, E-mail: [email protected] Phn no.9433847706|
|Received: 11 October 2014 Accepted: 27 October 2014|
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Seedling morphology provide additional potential data source for characterization and identification of plants. Seedling morphology of twenty-five taxa under eighteen genera of Leguminosae occurring in Salt Lake City, North 24 parganas, West Bengal has been studied. The characters of paracotyledons/cotyledons, first two leaves, subsequent leaves of seedlings, germination pattern, position of paracotyledons/cotyledons, nature of release of paracotyledons/cotyledons from the seed coat, developmental studies of leaves provide important information which has been used in construction of artificial keys for identification purpose. Cluster analysis and Principal Component Analysis have been used to determine interrelationships among the investigated taxa.