Fruits Morphology of Annual Grasses from Egypt

Osman, Ahmed K.; Zaki, Muhammed A.; Hamed, Sohir T.; Hussein, Nagwa R. A.
October 2012
Asian Journal of Plant Sciences;2012, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p268
Academic Journal
The grasses caryopses of 33 taxa belong to 24 genera of 11 tribes of wild Gramineae from Egypt were examined by using light and scanning electron microscopy. Macro- and micro-morphological characters, including fruit shape, size, weight, coloring mode and colour shade, trichomes and their features and the seed surface topography are presented. The caryopses are distinct by three principal diagnostic characters; fruit shape, mode of coloring and seed surface topography. A key for the identification of the investigated taxa based on fruit characters is provided.


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