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Ontogeny of Foliar Venation in Euphorbia forbesii
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 59, No. 8 (Sep., 1972), pp. 843-850
Published by: Botanical Society of America, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2441089
Page Count: 8
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Six species of Euphorbia endemic to the Hawaiian Islands have disjunct veins as a normal component of their foliar anatomy. An ontogenic study of the foliar venation of one of these species, E. /orbesii, showed a normal development of the foliar procambium as determined by previous studies of dicotyledonous leaves. The disjunct veinlets are isolated early in the histogenesis of the intersecondary veins when certain procambial cells fail to differentiate into vascular tissue. It appears that these cells develop into normal parenchymatous cells of the ground tissue. It is suggested that these cells are physiologically distinct from the rest of the procambial cells. In no instance was a tracheary element seen which appeared to have arisen independently of the normal procambial reticulum.
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