Studies on the Seed of Banana. I. Anatomy of the Seed and Embryo of Musa balbisiana

  • Authors : McGahan, M.W.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1961

  • Journal title : American Journal of Botany

  • Volume (number) : 48 (3)

  • Pages : 230-238

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 0002-9122; 1537-2197

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The seed coat of Musa balbisiana Colla consists of a relatively thick outer integument and a 2-cell-layered inner integument. The entire seed coat is sclerified, but routine tests for lignin are negative. Within the outer integument there is a zone of unusual sclereids tentatively termed "multiluminate." Between the inner integument and the remnants of the nucellus is a cuticle 10-12 μ thick. The micropylar plug and collar are typical of the genus. The chalazal mass is an annular region of gelatinous cells. The mature embryo is comprised of a massive cotyledon, an epicotyl with 1 leaf primordium, a primary root primordium, and several adventitious root primordia. Procambium is well developed, but no mature vascular elements are present in the embryo.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN160560

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