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versão impressa ISSN 0001-3765versão On-line ISSN 1678-2690

An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.89 no.3 supl.0 Rio de Janeiro  2017  Epub 23-Out-2017

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0001-376520172-170128 

Biological Sciences

Peculiar anatomical traits, high durability, and potential ornamental use of Cyclanthaceae as fresh foliage

MARIA CAMILA MEDINA1  3  

SAÚL E. HOYOS-GÓMEZ2 

DIEGO DEMARCO1  3  

DINO TUBERQUIA1 

1Programa de Biología, Universidad CES, Medellín, Calle 10 A No. 22-4, Antioquia, Colombia

2Corporación Fragmento, Medellín, Cra 77 No 33 A 61, Antioquia, Colombia

3Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 11461, 05508-090 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

ABSTRACT

Wild plant species with potential for use as ornamental green foliage are often reported. Nevertheless, there are few studies evaluating morphological and anatomical aspects associated with this use. Preliminary trials suggest that the species of Sphaeradenia (Sander ex Mast.) Harling, a Cyclantaceae that occurs from Costa Rica to Peru, is suitable to be used as fresh foliage because of attractiveness of their leaves in vase and its durability without showing tissue damage, compared with other genera of this family. Through the study of anatomical characters, it is possible to predict the potential of a species that can serve as ornamental foliage. In this study, three foliar anatomical features (thickness of the cuticle and leaf, and percentage of fibers in the mesophyll) of seven Cyclanthaceae species were evaluated, using anatomical techniques and image analysis with the LUCIA® and ImageJ softwares. Statistical analysis of the results suggests that this high durability is associated with the thickness of the cuticle and mesophyll, but not with the amount of fibers in the leaf.

Key words: anatomy; cuticle; fibers; mesophyll; Sphaeradenia laucheana

INTRODUCTION

Currently, more than 500 species with various shapes, colors, textures and styles, mostly from tropical and subtropical environments, form the basis of the industry of foliage plants. Some of them are found in desert environments as succulent plants and cactus. They are rarely found in temperate climates. The most significant native foliage plant in temperate climates is Hedera helix, whose juvenile forms have been widely used (Chen et al. 2002a, b).

In general, foliage plants are resistant plants that grows in greenhouses shadows. Their leaves are quite attractive; as a result, they are used mainly as live specimens for interior decoration, rather than perishable flowers or fruits. They grow under the canopy of trees on the forest floor or live on trees as vines or epiphytes. Their tolerances to light are low, and are sensitive to high temperatures (Chen et al. 2002b, 2005, 2010).

The basic function of the ornamental horticulture lies in the satisfying of the aesthetic needs of man. Today it is considered one of the most attractive businesses because it can provide high income per unit area. Beautifying indoor environments and indoor air purification have become key elements for the advancement of the use foliage plants, because as it has been demonstrated that they remove pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, and others from air (Wolverton et al. 1989, Mosaddegh et al. 2014)which are probably more polluted than outside the buildings. High levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs. Another important factor in the steady growth of the industry foliage plants is the continuous adjunction of new plants and the development of new cultivars, which further expand the options for using of foliage plants, like houseplants (Chen et al. 2002b).

Over the years, some species belonging to several genera have been added to the list of species used in industry of foliage plants. Aglaonema, Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Epipremnum, Ficus, Hedera, Peperomia, Philodendron, Sansevieria, Syngonium, and plants of several genera of the family Arecaceae, Polypodiaceae, Poaceae, Cyperaceae, among others, have been the backbone of the industry for at least half a century. Only the Araceae family includes at least 10 important genera of ornamentals foliage plants (Henny et al. 2008).

Worldwide production of plants and flowers has been extending over the years. Numerous production centers are localized in developing countries and they supply, on a regular basis to the principal consumers such as Japan, the United Stated and Western Europe. These countries absorb about 75% of the worldwide production of ornamentals, worth of 80.000 million euros. About 36.000 millions of euros correspond to Europe, being Germany, France and the United Kingdom who account for about 50% of spending on ornamental (Díaz M et al. 2002, Díaz M. 2006).

Markets for foliage plants require quality standards for export. Therefore these plants must meet conditions to be used in the production of bouquets and other floral arrangements, for example, the time it can be kept in good condition after being harvested (Yuste Molina 1992, Gutiérrez et al. 2007). One of the species for export Rumohra adiantiformis, commonly known as “leather fern”, that maintains its quality and freshness for a long period of time (25 days) after it has been harvested and packaged (López Marin et al. 2006).

On the other hand, the non-forestry use of forests is an alternative to the problem of deforestation (López Marin et al. 2006 ), particularly in regions close to urban centers (García and Polaina 2010).

Cyclanthaceae are almost exclusively confined to the Neotropical parts of the world. Nearly all the Cyclanthaceae require wet and more or less shady habitats. They are therefore mainly found in the rain forests, both in the tropical rain forests and in the montane rain forest. Just like the leaves of many Arecaceae and Araceae, the juvenile leaves of the Cyclanthaceae come very close to the ancestral leaf type of the monocotyledons. The leaf blades vary greatly in respect to their size, shape, venation, consistence and color. They are also generally more or less deeply cleft, or divided by three rather deep incision into four wedge-shaped lobes, which in their turn are regularly dentate or lobate in their upper part, or can be entire (Harling 1958, Wilder 1981). The mesophyll is sometimes distinctly differentiated into palisade and spongy parenchyma but in many species this differentiation is lacking (Wilder 1985a).

A comparative study on S. laucheana and six other Cyclanthaceae species with different ranges of geographical distribution, some of them already used as ornamentals foliage and landscaping, was conducted. The evaluation is to help determine the anatomical characteristics that would let explain its durability and potential use as foliage, thus proposing a study mechanism for prospecting new species with potential use as foliage.

Two sets of variables were taken into account; 1) durability, determined by the lifetime or duration in vase, also known as “vase life method” described by Gutiérrez et al. (2007); 2) relevant anatomical features, namely thickness of the cuticle and mesophyll thickness and the percentage of fibers present in the mesophyll and their possible impact on the vase durability.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

SPECIES AND STUDY AREA

The studied species were: Asplundia sp. Tuberquia, Asplundia flavovaginata Harling, Carludovica drudei Mast, Carludovica palmata Ruiz & Pav, Dicranopygium calimense Harling, Sphaeradenia danielii Harling, Sphaeradenia cuatrecasana Harling and Sphaeradenia laucheana (Sander ex Mast.) Harling.

The study area is located in the Valle de Aburrá, Antioquia department. S. laucheana, S. cuatrecasana and S. danielii samples for anatomical analysis and durability tests proposed for this study were collected from a sample of relict forest in the Astilleros plantation terrain, San Antonio de Prado, Medellin. D. calimense, A. sp., A. flavovaginata, C. drudei and C. palmata samples were collected from a living collection of Cyclanthaceae in the Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe, Medellin.

SECTIONING AND ANATOMICAL MEASUREMENTS

An identification code was assigned to each species (Table I). The samples were preserved in 90% alcohol and taken to the Laboratory of Histology of the Universidad CES for further processing.

TABLE I Coding of the Cyclanthaceae specimens studied. 

Collection Number Species Statistical Coding
DT-3415 Asplundia sp. Acalle
DT-3413 Asplundia flavovaginata Aflavo
AC-12800 Carludovica drudei Cdrudei
AC-12801 Carludovica palmata Cpalma
AC-12800 Dicranopygium calimense Dcalim
DT-3611 Sphaeradenia danielii Sdaniel
DT-3612 Sphaeradenia cuatrecasana Scuatrec
DT-3610 Sphaeradenia laucheana Slauch

In order to conduct the anatomical characterization, free-hand cross-sections were made in order to compare the anatomical features supposedly related to durability in vase, namely cuticle and mesophyll thickness and the number of fibers, fiber strand number and percentage of fibers in the mesophyll; of which, measurements of length and area were performed.

The sections were examined with an optical microscope Nikon Eclipse TE2000 with 100X to 400X magnification. Digital images, three for each leaf area were captured using a Nikon camera Digital Sight (DS-5M). Each digital image was taken from a different anatomical cut.

The measurements were made with image analysis software LUCIA® Version 5.3 (Laboratory Imaging, Prague, Czech Republic) and they were: 15 cuticle length measurements for each and 15 mesophyll thickness, measurements for each individual, and two measurements of the area occupied by the fibers in the mesophyll; this area was measured delimiting the outside of the band with a freehand line using the LUCIA® software, which yields the value of the delineated area. The number of fibers strands, number of fibers and the area occupied by the mesophyll in a visual field was registered.

PLATE MOUNTING

Given that most of the species considered in this study have leaves longer than 1 m, the leaf was divided into three areas: apical, middle and basal, and measurements were done on cuticle, mesophyll and fibers. For each zone of the leaf, histological sections were performed in triplicate. The leaf cross sections were done freehand fixed with CaCl2 16% (Keating 2014) and stained with Cresyl Violet Acetate (CVA). The blades were mounted semi- permanent.

DURABILITY TEST

The durability test was based on the proposed criteria by Gutiérrez et al. (2007): a specimen is reputed to have good performance of vase life if the material retains its initial characteristics after 15 days of evaluation period; i.e. there is no collapse of stem, dehydration, damage by fungi, discoloration, geotropism or necrosis. For this test, two leafs, including 0.15 m of petiole, from different individuals of each species, were placed in containers with water and subjected to daily monitoring; the external appearance of the leaf was recorded in photographs every 10 days (Fig. 1). Considering that for ornamental foliage can be used, it must have duration of two weeks, the durability test conducted for 5 weeks for detailed observation of each species.

Figure 1 Durability test (vase life) of eight species of Cyclanthaceae during 37 days. a. State of the leaves on the 16th day of monitoring. b. Duration times for each species. 

DURABILITY TEST VERSUS CUTICLE AND MESOPHYLL THICKNESS, AND PERCENTAGE OF MESOPHYLL FIBERS

Three anatomical variables were selected would be related to high durability in vase of each species (cuticle and mesophyll thickness, and mesophyll percentage of fibers). To establish this association, the samples used for anatomical measurements and durability tests were obtained from the same individual. The leaf blade was divided into three sections: apical, middle and basal, for performing measurements of anatomical variables. With the average values of the measurements were performed by lineal regression between the results of durability results and anatomical measurements.

The percentage of each cut fibers was obtained by adding the area measurements strands fibers present in the mesophyll of each cross-section, this value is multiplied by one hundred and divided by the mesophyll total area of same cross section. Additionally it was done counting the number of fibers and the number of strands for each cross-section fibers

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

The thickness of the cuticle (cut), mesophyll thickness (mes) and percentage of fibers (pfiber), between species and between areas of the leaf blade were processed using the free software (“R development Core Team” 2011).

Each variable was analyzed using a two way ANOVA including species factor and the area factor of the sheet. The model includes the interaction between the two factors. The Bonferroni adjustment was used for multiple comparisons between pairs of species. The ANOVA model assumptions are validated by the residual graph technique. The cuticle (cut) and mesophyll (mes) values were transformed to natural logarithm in order to correct for heterogeneity of variances. The resulting averages for these variables (cut and mes) were transformed back to its original scale.

RESULTS

DURABILITY TEST

Two leaves from different individuals of the same species were subjected to the test. The eight species tested showed different lengths of durability in vase, as illustrated in Fig. 1. The test time takes into account that Sphaeradenia laucheana lasts about three months without any harm, while other species last a shorter time. It was apparent that both leaves, of the same species, showed signs of deterioration simultaneously, during one-day interval, except C. palmata whose leaves deteriorated seven days apart (18 vs. 25 days). The main cause of removing species was necrosis in the apical area of the leaves; dehydration and leaf crinkling eliminated only S. cuatrecasana.

CUTICLE MEASUREMENTS

No significant differences in the thickness of the cuticle in relation to the three areas of the leaf within the same species; nevertheless there are differences in the thickness of the cuticle (P <0.0001) between the eight species as shown in Table II.

D. calimense presented the lowest values of cuticle thickness. The species belonging to the genus Sphaeradenia showed the highest values in the cuticle thickness measurements and S. laucheana showed the highest values for the three areas of the leaf (Table II).

TABLE II Mean values (micrometers) of measurements of thickness of the cuticle, mesophyll thickness, percentage and number of fibers in the mesophyll with their respective standard deviations. 

Species Apical ED Middle ED Basal ED
Cuticle A. sp. 3.59 1.10 3.89 1.08 3.87 1.08
A. flavovaginata 2.96 1.08 2.90 1.08 3.12 1.08
C. drudei 4.43 1.10 4.02 1.08 4.22 1.08
C. palmata 4.12 1.10 4.74 1.10 4.84 1.10
D. calimense 1.87 1.08 2.17 1.08 3.22 1.08
S. cuatrecasana 5.44 1.08 8.09 1.10 6.09 1.08
S. danielii 5.24 1.08 6.46 1.08 8.02 1.08
S. laucheana 9.95 1.08 11.46 1.08 12.70 1.08
Mesophyll A. sp. 244.52 1.05 315.54 1.05 428.65 1.05
A. flavovaginata 191.35 1.05 246.92 1.05 335.44 1.05
C. drudei 138.77 1.05 179.07 1.05 243.27 1.05
C. palmata 145.73 1.05 188.06 1.06 255.48 1.06
D. calimense 160.00 1.05 206.74 1.05 280.49 1.05
S. cuatrecasana 198.25 1.05 255.83 1.05 347.54 1.05
S. danielii 256.28 1.05 330.72 1.05 449.27 1.05
S. laucheana 261.61 1.05 337.59 1.05 458.61 1.05
Fiber Percentage A. sp. 1.96 0.95 2.84 0.95 2.57 0.95
A. flavovaginata 3.76 0.95 4.64 0.95 5.63 0.95
C. drudei 4.36 0.95 5.45 0.95 4.91 0.95
C. palmata 8.18 0.95 7.35 0.95 6.41 0.95
D. calimense 3.82 0.95 3.30 0.95 4.16 0.95
S. cuatrecasana 5.78 0.95 4.95 0.95 6.66 0.95
S. danielii 2.16 0.95 2.41 0.95 7.41 0.95
S. laucheana 6.55 0.95 4.75 0.95 4.74 0.95
A. sp. 8.25 4.92 11.25 4.92 11.50 4.92
Number of fibers A. flavovaginata 16.50 4.92 35.00 4.92 51.25 4.92
C. drudei 18.00 4.92 29.50 4.92 33.25 4.92
C. palmata 35.00 4.92 38.75 4.92 35.50 4.92
D. calimense 13.50 4.92 12.08 4.92 18.75 4.92
S. danielii 17.00 4.92 20.50 4.92 63.00 4.92
S. laucheana 47.50 4.92 34.25 4.92 65.25 4.92
Number of bands A. sp. 5.00 1.43 5.25 1.43 4.50 1.43
A. flavovaginata 6.50 1.43 8.50 1.43 11.00 1.43
C. drudei 6.50 1.43 14.50 1.43 14.00 1.43
C. palmata 13.00 1.43 17.25 1.43 13.25 1.43
D. calimense 4.75 1.43 4.00 1.43 5.50 1.43
S. danielii 4.00 1.43 6.00 1.43 12.50 1.43
S. laucheana 5.00 1.43 4.50 1.43 9.50 1.43

DURABILITY TEST AND THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS CUTICLE

Long durability (more than 15 days of vase life), as shown by linear regressions (Fig. 2), may be associated with a thicker cuticle in some species (S. cuatrecasana, S. danielii and S. laucheana,) (Figs. 5, 6, 7), being more evident for the species S. laucheana, which lasted 37 days and presented the highest values of cuticle thickness.

Figure 2 Relationship between the mean values of cuticle thickness and durability in vase for eight species of Cyclanthaceae. See name species in Table I

Figure 3 Relationship between the mean values of mesophyll thickness and durability in vase for eight species of Cyclanthaceae. See names of each species in Table I

Figure 4 Mean values of the percentage of fiber compared with durability in vase for eight species of Cyclanthaceae. See species names in Table I

Figures 5-10 Cross-sections of leaves of Cyclanthaceae. 5. S. cuatrecasana cuticle 100x. 6. S. danielli cuticle 100x 7. S. laucheana fiber strands and cuticle 40x.100x 8. A. flavovaginata fibers strands 9. C. palmata fiber strands 40x. 10. C. drudeii fiber strands 40x.  

MESOPHYLL THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS

A marked difference in the thickness of the mesophyll is observed among the analyzed species (P <0.0001). S. danielii and S. laucheana were the species that showed thicker mesophylls and C. drudei showed the lowest thickness of the mesophyll (Table II) values.

Mesophyll thicknesses between different areas of the leaf (apical, middle and basal) of all individuals from the eight species studied were compared. A significant difference in mesophyll thickness between different areas of the leaf, with values ranging between 200 and 600 micrometers in S. danielii and S. laucheana was observed, the basal area being thicker in both species.

DURABILITY TEST VS. MESOPHYLL THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS

There is an apparent association between the mean values of mesophyll thickness and durability in vase (Fig. 3). The mesophyll of A. sp., S. cuatrecasana and S. laucheana showed similar ratios with respect to the thickness of the mesophyll, but S. laucheana durability surpassed the other species.

PERCENTAGE OF FIBERS

The values of fiber percentage from the eight species vary significantly (P = 0.0012). The species with the higher percentage of fibers was C. palmata, with the highest value for the apical area and the lowest for the basal area. (Apical: 8.18%, Central: 7.35%, basal: 6.41%). This species had the highest number of fibers in the central region (38.75 fibers), and the largest number of bands for the three areas of the sheet (apical: 13.00, central: 17.25, basal: 13.25).

Sphaeradenia laucheana had the highest number of fibers in the apical and basal region of the leaf (apical: 47.50, basal: 65.25), outnumbering C. palmata (apical: 35.00, basal: 35.50). It should be realized that the bands of fibers vary in sizes and shapes, depending on the morphology of the fibers comprising it. In S. laucheana, few bands with numerous fibers of small size and smaller lumens are observed (Fig. 7). In C. palmata, numerous bands with few large fibers and large lumens are observed (Fig. 9), and also present a higher percentage of fibers and number of bands, and S. laucheana a larger number of fibers.

The percentage and organization of the fibers did not present a uniform distribution in the mesophyll, since these characteristics varied according to each species. This is clearly observed in the two studied species of the genus Carludovica, having a shape, amount and distribution of fibers obviously different (Figs. 9, 10). Some species have the highest percentage of fibers in the apical region (C. palmata and S. laucheana), other ones in the central region (A. sp. and C. drudei), and other ones in the basal region (S. cuatrecasana, S. danielii, A. flavovaginata and D. calimense) as per Table II. On the other hand, some species have scarce fibers bands in mesophyll (Fig. 8).

DURABILITY TEST VS. PERCENTAGE OF FIBERS

There is not a high correlation between the durability test and the percentage of fibers, as shown in Figure 4. Some species have a higher percentage of fibers in the apical area decreasing towards the basal zone and in other ones the opposite case occurs.

Carludovica palmata presents the highest percentage of fibers in the mesophyll in the basal and central areas of the leaf, reaching a 20-day average durability, but A. sp. and S. cuatrecasana present the same durability; this later one with the lowest percentage of fibers, and S. laucheana presents a medium percentage of fibers, and the longest durability.

DISCUSSION

Sphaeradenia laucheana is a species with potential for use as ornamental foliage (Gutiérrez et al. 2007) because of its high durability in vase. The results of this study suggest that high durability is associated with the thickness of the cuticle and mesophyll compared to other species of the Cyclanthaceae family and to a lesser extent this durability is associated with the percentage of sclerenchyma fibers.

In Cyclanthaceae family, a combination of layers appears in the cuticle, which causes it to observe much thicker (Wilder 1985a). This combination occurs as two discrete regions or fields: the first, called no cutinized region and the second the cutinized region, both covered by a cuticle sensu stricto. The cuticle can be thicker in the abaxial or adaxial region or may be equal in both epidermises. The combined thickness of these layers varies depending on the species. Harling (1958) reports that the leaves in the species of the group he called informally Sphaeradenia (with three genera) are more coriaceous than those of the group called Asplundia (six genera). Anatomical studies by Wilder (1985a) show that some species of the genera Dicranopygium and Asplundia have the lowest thickness of cuticle and most species of the genus Sphaeradenia present the largest thickness. These results agree with those obtained in this study, where three species of the genus Sphaeradenia showed the highest values of cuticle thickness as shown in Table II.

It is known that most of species of Sphaeradenia, grow above 2000m altitude, and S. laucheana reaches extreme altitudinal limits, even up to 3700 m altitude (Eriksson 1995). Thick cuticles in some plants could be related to ecological requirements in high mountain environments (Hlwatika and Bhat 2002).

Some species of Cyclanthaceae, especially Sphaeradenia laucheana, show features that allow them to be resistant to desiccation, which enhance the possibility of being used as ornamentals. Their features include specialized cells as fibers, cells containing crystals (this occur solely in the mesophyll) (Wilder 1985b), tanniniferous and internal secretory tissues as mucilage canals or cavities are found in all the species of family taking place in the stem, petiole, the peduncle, inflorescence, often also in the root and in the costa of the leaf blade (Harling 1958). According to (Fahn and Cutler 1992) the mucilage in plants is suggested to serve for water retention, because of their great ability to imbibe water, it was assumed that the mucilage plays a role in regulation of the water economy in plants. It has been suggested that the presence of fibers may have a role in storing water. This allows them to have greater desiccation tolerance. Wilder (1985c) says that in all species the mesophyll contains strands of one or more fibers, which normally are parallel to the longitudinal veins.

In all species studied, the fibers appear organized in strands, scattered throughout all regions of the mesophyll (adaxial, central and abaxial). Fiber strands occur in larger quantity in the adaxial region in S. cuatrecasana and, S. danielii. The fiber strands occur in similar amounts in both regions of mesophyll in D. calimense, A. sp., and A. flavovaginata, in the apical area of the leaf. Fiber strands were observed scattered throughout the mesophyll in C. drudei and C. palmata as they were observed by Wilder (1985c), who reported the fiber strands concentrated mainly in the abaxial region of the leaf blade, in some species of this family.

It should be considered that the sclerenchyma cell morphology varies in shape and size according to the species (Wilder 1985c). In some species the fibers had wide lumens that occupy a large area of the cell, and thus occupying large areas in the mesophyll (C. palmata, A. sp. and D. calimense). Therefore, when measuring areas occupied by fibers in these three species area, large areas were obtained. Fibers with medium size lumens and generally small for these two species were observed in A. flavovaginata, C. drudei and S. laucheana. The strands of these fibers also have medium sizes, from 2 to 8 fibers per strand. In other cases, as occur in species of the genus Sphaeradenia; fibers presented lumens of small sizes, but with more lignified area. Wilder (1985c) reported that depending on the species, mesophyll fibers might generally have narrow or broad lumens. In some species, some fibers of larger veins are broader and exhibit wider lumens than those of the mesophyll. These fibers were grouped in large strands, up to 20 fibers per band; these strands occur in small quantities in the mesophyll; when the areas occupied by the fibers in the mesophyll are compared between species, those of the genus Sphaeradenia, show the lowest ones.

The percentage of fibers present in the mesophyll is not, apparently, a determining factor in the high or low vase durability. C. palmata presents the highest value in percentage of fibers but a medium vase life; S. laucheana presents a medium fiber percentage but the maximum vase life. A. sp. presents the minimum fiber percentage but its vase life is comparable with that of C. palmata. These observations highlight the importance of measurements to be performed accompanied by close observation of the organization and morphology of the fibers in the mesophyll.

This study does not support the conclusion that the durability is directly related to any of the anatomical attributes evaluated in particular. It may suggest that the high vase durability of Sphaeradenia laucheana has to do with an interaction of different variables; cuticle thickness, mesophyll thickness and percentage of fibers present in the mesophyll. Some species included in this study, grow in low-middle elevations (C. palmata, A. sp., A. flavovaginata); others grow in high altitudes (three species of Sphaeradenia, up to 3200 high). These factors could be associated with the anatomical characteristics and their variations, depending on the species and the place where it grows, so that these anatomical attributes that have to do with the ability to adaptation and survival of the plant and to its ability for a long vase life (Tuberquia 2007).

This study provides elements to suggest that the evaluation of different anatomical features of a plant may be useful in the selection of species with potential for use as ornamental foliage. This is just an approximation to an almost unexplored field of research with large possibilities in the generation of useful knowledge on sustainable use of plant resources.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We want to express our appreciation to the Botanical Garden Joaquín Antonio Uribe (Medellín) for the access granted to live specimens; Universidad CES for the logistical support; Yeison Montoya for his help in the field; the Biological Engineering Magda Ledesma Eraso, for advice in managing LUCIA® Software, and Biologist Pablo Andres Guzmán for advice on statistical analysis.

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Received: February 22, 2017; Accepted: July 03, 2017

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