STUDIES ON MORPHOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND FREQUENCY OF PHYTOLITHS OF UNDERUTILIZED GRASS SPECIES OF POACEAE
The phytoliths are micrometric particles protect the plant from various stresses; in past provides mechanical support and durability to the plant. Meticulous research towards phytoliths particularly in Underutilized grasses in scanty therefore the present study is aimed at to the find out the morphology and distribution of phytoliths present in twenty two Poaceae grass species by using wet-oxidation method. The results revealed that the most frequent types were the Elongate and Bilobate structures with highest frequency and measurements. Based on these observations it is concluded that the phytoliths produced by Poaceae grass species posses taxonomic values and major role in past environmental reconstructions.