alexa Systematic Significance of Pollen Morphology of Citrus
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Research Article

Systematic Significance of Pollen Morphology of Citrus (Rutaceae) from Owerri

Inyama CN1*, Osuoha VUN2, Mbagwu FN1 and Duru CM3
1Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
2Department of Biology, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria
3Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Corresponding Author : Inyama CN
Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology
Imo State University, Owerri
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Received February 12, 2015; Accepted May 18, 2015; Published May 22, 2015
Citation: Inyama CN, Osuoha VUN, Mbagwu FN, Duru CM (2015) Systematic Significance of Pollen Morphology of Citrus (Rutaceae) from Owerri. Med Aromat Plants 4:191.doi:10.4172/2167-0412.1000191
Copyright: © 2015 Inyama CN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Palynological features of C. sinensis, C. limon, C. aurantifolia, C. paradisi, C. reticulata and C. maxima collected from various parts of Owerri were examined and evaluated in order to determine the taxonomic value of the observed internal peculiarities. Features related to pollen shape showed circular to elliptic shapes in all the taxa while rectangular shape distinguished C. limon, C. paradise and C. maxima. Polar view showed that C. paradisi and C. maxima have closer affinity than the other taxa studied. Palynological characters as observed in this study were found useful especially in delimiting the investigated taxa and thus could be exploited in conjunction with other evidences in specie identification and characterization.


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