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Author Solihani, N. S. ♦ Noraini, T. ♦ Azahana, A. ♦ Nordahlia, A. S.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES ♦ EPIDERMIS ♦ LAYERS ♦ LEAVES ♦ MORPHOLOGICAL CHANGES ♦ SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY ♦ STOMATA ♦ SURFACES ♦ THIN FILMS ♦ VARIATIONS ♦ WAXES
Abstract Comparative leaf micromorphological study was conducted of five chosen Phyllanthus L. (Phyllanthaceae) species, namely P. acidus L., P. elegans Wall. ex Müll. Arg., P. emblica L., P. urinaria L. and P. pulcher Wall. ex Müll. Arg. The objective of this study is to identify the leaf micromorphological characteristics that can be used in species identification. The procedures involve examination under scanning electron microscope. Findings of this study have demonstrated variations in the leaf micromorphological characteristics such as in the types of waxes present on adaxial and abaxial epidermis surfaces, in the stomata and types of trichome. Common character present in all species studied are the presence of a thin film layer and buttress-like waxes on epidermal leaf surfaces. Diagnostics characters found in this study are the presence of papilla in P. elegens, amphistomatic stomata in P. urinaria and flaky waxes in P. pulcher. The result of this study has shown that leaf micromorphological characters have some taxonomic significance and can be used in identification of species in the genus Phyllanthus.
ISSN 0094243X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-09-25
Publisher Place United States
Volume Number 1678
Issue Number 1


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