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Impaired male meiosis, morphology and distribution pattern of different cytotypes of Bupleurum lanceolatum Wall. (Apiaceae) from the Western Himalayas
- Rani, Savita, Kumar, Sanjeev, Jeelani, Syed Mudassir, Kumari, Santosh, Gupta, Raghbir Chand
- Plant systematics and evolution 2013 v.299 no.9 pp. 1801-1807
- Bupleurum, cytotypes, diploidy, meiosis, pollen, India
- Detailed male meiosis, critical morphological observations and distribution pattern of diploid as well as tetraploid cytotypes of the Western Himalayan species, Bupleurum lanceolatum have been evaluated at present. A diploid (n = 8) cytotype is reported from Kashmir, whereas, both diploid (n = 8) and tetraploid (n = 16) cytotypes are available from two districts Kangra and Sirmaur of Himachal Pradesh. Out of these, the tetraploid cytotype makes new addition for the species on a worldwide basis. As per behavior, a tetraploid cytotype is characterized by abnormal meiosis leading to high pollen sterility and size variation of the pollen grains. Morphologically, tetraploids are noted to be luxuriant in comparison to the diploids.