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A karyotypic and anatomical study of an unidentified liliaceous plant

By J. J. Spies and D. S. Hardy


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  Bulbine latifolia (L.f.) R. & S. and Aloe arborescens Mill, as possible parents. The sterile plant and Aloe marlothii Berger have similar karyotypes and. therefore. A. marlothii may be one of the parents. A close relationship between the sterile plant and the genus Aloe is further confirmed by their similar epidermal structure

Topics: General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 1983
DOI identifier: 10.4102/abc.v14i2.1161
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