Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/550796
Title:
Bizarre Seed Patterns in Plants of the Indian Arid Zone
Author:
Bansal, Rajinder P.; Sen, David N.
Affiliation:
University of Jodhpur, India
Publisher:
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Desert Plants
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.
Collection Information:
Desert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.
Issue Date:
1981
Abstract:
A comparative study of seeds of 46 plant species which abound in cultivated fields of the Indian arid zone has been made. A variety of new seed patterns discovered, some bizarre, are described. Seeds were categorized on the basis of their weights into five groups. The seeds of Polycarpaea corymbosa were found to be lightest of the species studied. Most frequently the seed weight varied among species of the same genus and among different genera of the same family. Similarly great variations in seed size were met. In general, lighter seeds were small in size and heavier ones large. The seed surfaces varied from smooth and glossy to ornamented and rough. The seeds of Farsetia hamiltonii possessed wings which increased their surface area. The color of the seeds in most cases was brownish- yellow to dark brown. Only few seeds were black. Description and illustration of the diversity will perhaps hasten an understanding of the developmental sequences and adaptive values (under arid conditions) of the bizarre seed patterns.
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0734-3434

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBansal, Rajinder P.en
dc.contributor.authorSen, David N.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-27T22:34:11Zen
dc.date.available2015-04-27T22:34:11Zen
dc.date.issued1981en
dc.identifier.issn0734-3434en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/550796en
dc.description.abstractA comparative study of seeds of 46 plant species which abound in cultivated fields of the Indian arid zone has been made. A variety of new seed patterns discovered, some bizarre, are described. Seeds were categorized on the basis of their weights into five groups. The seeds of Polycarpaea corymbosa were found to be lightest of the species studied. Most frequently the seed weight varied among species of the same genus and among different genera of the same family. Similarly great variations in seed size were met. In general, lighter seeds were small in size and heavier ones large. The seed surfaces varied from smooth and glossy to ornamented and rough. The seeds of Farsetia hamiltonii possessed wings which increased their surface area. The color of the seeds in most cases was brownish- yellow to dark brown. Only few seeds were black. Description and illustration of the diversity will perhaps hasten an understanding of the developmental sequences and adaptive values (under arid conditions) of the bizarre seed patterns.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.sourceCALS Publications Archive. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.titleBizarre Seed Patterns in Plants of the Indian Arid Zoneen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Jodhpur, Indiaen
dc.identifier.journalDesert Plantsen
dc.description.collectioninformationDesert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.en_US
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