Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2013, Vol. 48 ›› Issue (5): 550-560.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1259.2013.00550

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Modern Pollen Morphology of Euphorbiaceae

Shixiong Yang1,2, Zhuo Zheng2*, Bishan Chen2, Jie Li1, Kangyou Huang2   

  1. 1The Key Libertarianism of Marine Hydrocarbon Resources and Environmental Geology, MLR, Institute of Marine Geology, Qingdao 266071, China;

    2Department of Earth Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2012-07-18 Revised:2012-10-28 Online:2013-09-01 Published:2013-09-26
  • Contact: Zhuo Zheng

Abstract: This study provides the palynological literature for morphologic features of almost all pollen types of Euphorbiaceae, including 33 species in 21 genera. Size, shape and surface ornamentation of pollen types in subfamilies were analysed and compared. Pollen of each subfamily have distinctive morphological features that can be used for identification. Some genera (e.g., Mallotus, Alchornea, Phyllanthus) have unique pollen types, which can be identified to genus or even species level. This study provides classification of pollen types of Euphorbiaceae subfamilies and new references for the database.