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Unusual pit membrane remnants in perforation plates of Cyrillaceae

Author(s): E. L. Schneider and S. Carliquist

Month: Oct-Dec
Year: 2003

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
Volume: 130
Issue: 4
Pages: 225-230

Article Topic(s): Morphology
Research Setting(s): Laboratory

Species Referenced: Cliftonia monophylla (Buckwheat tree),


Describes the anatomy of pit membranes in Cliftonia monophylla and Cyrilla racemiflora. Pit membranes (part of the vessel structure in the xylem) are typical of dicots considered more primitive evolutionarily. Pit membrane remnants are minimal in Cliftonia monophylla but prevalent in Cyrilla racemiflora, which may indicate an adaptation to an understory, marshy habitat in the case of C. racemiflora. The article provides a short overview of the family Cyrillaceae.

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E. L. Schneider and S. Carliquist. "Unusual pit membrane remnants in perforation plates of Cyrillaceae." Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130.4 (2003): 225-230.

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