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Foliar trichomes of selected Melastoma L. taxa of Peninsular Malaysia

Mohd Yunus, Noor Syaheera and Che Amri, Che Nurul Aini and Shahari, Rozilawati and Zakaria, Siti Maisarah (2020) Foliar trichomes of selected Melastoma L. taxa of Peninsular Malaysia. Malayan Nature Journal, 72 (3). pp. 331-339. ISSN 0025 -1291

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Leaf indumentum consists of trichomes, which is an explicit variety of characters that have been practically used in the plant identification. Melastoma is one of the genera with diverse indumentum among the Melastomataceae and has gained attention due to its medicinal value and other commercial uses. The aim of this study is to identify the trichome characteristics that can be used in the identification of Melastoma species. The leaf anatomical characteristics of trichomes were examined by sectioning techniques using sliding microtome, peeling methods, slide preparation and subsequently observation under a light microscope. A total of 15 types of trichomes were identified, varying from simple multicellular, non-glandular or glandular trichomes and setose (elongate, multiseriate, unbranched, non-glandular) trichomes were most common. The attribute of trichomes as diagnostic characters was prominent in some taxa studied and can help to resolve taxonomic problems in the species identification.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7548/83567
Uncontrolled Keywords: Melastoma, trichome, leaf, anatomy
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Plant Science
Depositing User: Dr Che Nurul Aini Che Amri
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 14:54
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 14:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/83567

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