Leaf architecture of Rubiaceae Juss. from caatinga vegetation in Brazil
Keywords:Diaphanization, Leaf veining, Raso da Catarina, Semiarid
AbstractAbstract: The study and characterization of leaf venation plays a key role in the recognition of taxonomic groups that have been identified mainly based on reproductive traits. This study aimed at characterizing the pattern of leaf venation of Rubiaceae, recognizing individual characters among the taxa of this group and testing the use of leaf architecture as a taxonomic tool capable of providing vegetative and diagnostically characteristics between species. Leaves of 14 species distributed in eight genera from Rubiaceae were diaphanized and classified. The study area is located in Área de Proteção Ambiental Serra Branca/Raso da Catarina, Bahia State, Brazil. The characterization of secondary veins, including type, spacing and number of pairs, third veining patterns, fourth and fifth order, and the conformation of the areola were useful to delimit taxa when used together, providing subsidies to more comprehensive studies.
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Lima, M. P. de S., Soares, A., Sousa, J. L. R. de, Carvalho, M. S., Porto, J. M. P., & Braga, F. T. (2019). Leaf architecture of Rubiaceae Juss. from caatinga vegetation in Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 19(1). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1603