Ultrastructure and chemistryofepicuticular wax crystals in Polytrichales sporophytes
Authors: Neinhuis, C.; Jetter, R.
Source: Journal of Bryology, Number 3, 1995 , pp. 399-406(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Results of scanning-electron-microscopic and chemical investigations of the epicuticular waxes on some Polytrichales spofophytes are presented. In Atrichum, Oligotrichum, Polytrichum, Pogonatum (Polytrichaceae) and Dawsonia (Dawsoniaceae) short Wax tubules were observed, corresponding to the epicuticular crystal shapes of most gymnosperms and some angiosperms. In some species they extend into helical appendices. The composition of cuticular Waxes on sporophytes of Pogonatum belangeri and P. urnigerum (n-alkanes, n-alkyl esters, n-alkanals, primary n-alkanols, and nalkanoic acids) closely resembles that of moss gametophytes and of higher plants. The dominating compound, nonacosan-10-ol, is shown to constitute the tubular Wax aggregates. Possible functional aspects of epicuticular Wax crystals on mosses and their convergent or original evolutionary character are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1995-01-01
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