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Ontogenetic Study of Floral Organs of Peach (Prunus persica) Utilizing Cytochimeral Plants

Haig Dermen and R. N. Stewart
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 60, No. 3 (Mar., 1973), pp. 283-291
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2441220
Page Count: 9
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Ontogenetic Study of Floral Organs of Peach (Prunus persica) Utilizing Cytochimeral Plants
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Abstract

Cell lineages were followed throughout floral ontogeny in cytochimeral peaches [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] by observations of chromosome number and nuclear size. The contribution of the three apical cell layers to the organs of the flowers was determined. In addition to the epidermal tissue, L-I produced several layers of cells at the suture of the ovary wall, seven or eight cell layers of the nucellus at the micropylar end of the ovule, and almost all of the integuments. L-II gave rise to extensive internal tissue in the calyx and corolla tubes and to all internal tissue of the petal, anther, and ovule except for a small region at the base of the latter two organs. L-III contributed significantly only to the central region of the calyx and corolla tubes and the ovary wall. A single apical layer gave rise to several different tissues, and at times a single tissue was made up of cells from 1-3 different apical layers. Within the limits imposed by their genotype the final form of differentiated cells was determined by their position in the mature organ and not by the apical layer from which they were derived. The corolla tube was shown to be a single structure, congenitally fused, and the ovary to be ontogenetically fused at the suture

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