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Nuclear DNA Amounts in Diploid and Tetraploid Oropetium (Poaceae)

P. E. Brandham and S. T. Bennett
Kew Bulletin
Vol. 50, No. 3 (1995), pp. 601-604
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
DOI: 10.2307/4110332
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4110332
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Nuclear DNA Amounts in Diploid and Tetraploid Oropetium (Poaceae)
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Abstract

Two morphological forms of Oropetium were collected from a single locality in India. One of them, O. thomaeum, is a known Indian native and is diploid (2n =18). The other is tetraploid (2n = 36). Their nuclear DNA amounts are in a simple 1:2 ratio and, together with morphological characters, suggest a close diploid/autotetraploid relationship between the two forms. The tetraploid is morphologically indistinguishable from O. minimum, which is native in East Tropical Africa and southern Arabia. It either constitutes a new record for O. minimum in India, or it is an autotetraploid O. thomaeum which resembles O. minimum because of morphological changes brought about by its polyploidy.

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