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A karyotypic and anatomical study of an unidentified liliaceous plant

By J. J. Spies and D. S. Hardy

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<p>An unidentified sterile liliaceous plant and three possible relatives were studied karyotypically and anatomically. All these plants have a somatic chromosome number of 2n = 14. The possibility of the sterile plant having arisen as a result of a mutation appears unlikely, when compared with the possibility of hybrid origin. Chromosome morphology rules out  <em>Bulbine latifolia</em> (L.f.) R. &amp; S. and <em>Aloe arborescens</em> Mill, as possible parents. The sterile plant and Aloe marlothii Berger have similar karyotypes and. therefore.<em> A. marlothii</em> may be one of the parents. A close relationship between the sterile plant and the genus <em>Aloe</em> is further confirmed by their similar epidermal structure.</p

Topics: General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 1983
DOI identifier: 10.4102/abc.v14i2.1161
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:4dfd52d2136f4921a51755136a5069e8
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