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Journal Article

Stomata on the Ovules of Zamia floridana

Seymour Shapiro
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Jan., 1951), pp. 47-53
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2437991
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Abstract

Stomata are described on the nucellus and integument of the ovule of Zamia. The nucellar stomata occur over the major part of the free portion of the nucellus; the integumentary stomata are restricted to the very base of the ovule. The number of stomata is more variable on the nucellus than on the integument and some strobili appear to lack nucellar stomata entirely. The integumentary stomata resemble the foliar stomata in many respects and differ considerably from the nucellar stomata. Nucellar and integumentary stomata contain plastids and can synthesize starch. The hypothesis is presented that the nucellar and integumentary stomata are controlled by separate genetic mechanisms. Fossil members of the psilophytales, ancient ferns, and pteridosperms are not reported to have stomata on the sporangia. Modern ferns also lack stomata as a sporangial character. Beania, a fossil cycad contains integumentary stomata, but no fossil has been described with nucellar stomata.

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