Indication for the Presence of Mixed Modes of Sporogenesis in Lindsaea Heterophylladryand. (Lindsaeaceae: Pteridophyta)

  • V Ramesh Department of Botany, Saraswathi Narayanan College, Perungudi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • N Vasudevan Department of Botany, Saraswathi Narayanan College, Perungudi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Andv Irudayaraj Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Lindsaeaheterophylla, Mixed sporogenesis, South India

Abstract

Morphological studies on sporangia and spores of the hybrid fern Lindsaea heterophylla Dryand. (L. ensifolia Sw. x L. bonii Christ.) from South India indicates the presence of mixed mode of sporogenesis with the occurrence of 8 spored sporangia during peak winter (December) and 32 spored sporangia during late winter (January). This kind of reproductive flexibility in this fern is attributed to environmental adaptation. Both morphological and reproductive flexibility in this species also proved the hybrid origin of this species. Further cytogenetical studies are required on this hybrid fern along with its parents to confirm the ploidy level of this fern, Lindsaea heterophylla Dryand.

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2021-05-15
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