Thursday, October 27, 2016

[Botany • 2016] The Genus Abrus Adans. (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae) in Thailand

FIGURE 1. A-B. Abrus precatorius; C. A. pulchellus ssp. pulchellus; D-E. A. pulchellus ssp. cantoniensis; F. A. pulchellus ssp. mollis,
A., C. and D. flowers; B. pods and seeds; E. and F. pods. 

 Two species and four taxa of the genus Abrus Adans. are found in Thailand viz. Abrus precatorius, A. pulchellus ssp. pulchellus, A. pulchellus ssp. cantoniensis and A. pulchellus ssp. mollis. Keys to species and subspecies are provided. Micromorphology of leaf surface and pollen were prepared by peeling and acetolysis methods, respectively. The leaf surface characteristics are used to construct a key. Pollen of Abrus is monad, isopolar, radial symmetry and tricolporate apertures.

KEY WORDS: Abreae, Leaf surface, Pollen, Revision

Wanniga Munsuk, Pranom Chantaranothai and Boonsong Kongsook. 2016. The Genus Abrus Adans. (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae) in Thailand.
 Tropical Natural History 16(2); 67-77.

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