Pollen Morphology in the Genera Monttea and Melosperma (Scrophulariaceae)

Argue, C.L.

American Journal of Botany 72(8): 1248-1255


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9122
DOI: 10.1002/j.1537-2197.1985.tb08378.x
Accession: 066845968

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Pollen of the scrophulariaceous genera Melosperma and Monttea was studied with light and scanning electron microscopy. Both have single, radiosymmetric, isopolar, trizoniaperturate pollen grains with usually ruptured colpus membranes, tectate-perforate to semitectate exines with a columellate interstitium and pitted or perforate nexines. Intergeneric differences in pollen morphology are established based on the differential correlation of sculpturing characters. Comparisons of the pollen of Melosperma and Monttea with that of the tribe Minuleae sensu stricto reveals no difference in the case of Melosperma and the existence of intermediate morphologies and "reticulate" similarities in the case of Monttea; the taxonomic significance of this morphological intergradation is considered. The transfer of Oxycladus aphyllus to Monttea is consistent with the pollen evidence, but proposed affinities between Monttea and tribe Antonieae of the Loganiaceae are not supported.