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Brazilian Journal of Botany

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Abstract

GASPARINO, Eduardo Custódio; CRUZ-BARROS, Maria amélia Vitorino da; CHAUTEMS, Alain  and  GALLETI, Silvia Regina. Palynotaxonomy of Besleria L. and Napeanthus Gardn. (Beslerieae/Napeantheae - Gesneriaceae) specially species occurring in São Paulo State. Rev. bras. Bot. [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.3, pp. 321-333. ISSN 0100-8404.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84042011000300007.

This paper presents a study of the pollen grains of three species of Besleria L. (B. longimucronata Hoehne, B. selloana Klotzsch & Hanst., B. umbrosa Mart.) and one of Napeanthus (Napeanthus primulifolius (Raddi) Sandw.) from São Paulo state and Napeanthus reitzii (L. B. Sm.) B. L. Burtt ex Leeuwenb. occurring in southern Brazil. The pollen material was acetolysed, measured, described and illustrated using light microscopy. For further details of pollen surface and exine, non-acetolysed pollen grains were analyzed by means of scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The pollen grains of Besleria and Napeanthus are small to medium size, isopolar, oblate spheroidal, 3-colporate, endoaperture lolongate, psilate-perforate (B. longimucronata), rugulate (B. umbrosa) and microreticulate (B. selloana, N. primulifolius e N. reitzii). The results demonstrated the taxonomic importance of pollen morphology studies corroborating with the subdivision of the taxa in these tribes.

Keywords : morphology; pollen; taxonomy.

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