The floral development of Neurada procumbens L. (Neuradaceae)

Authors

  • L. P. RONSE DECRAENE,

    1. Laboratory of Plant Systematics, Botanical Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kardinaal Mercierlaan 92, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
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  • E. F. SMETS

    1. Laboratory of Plant Systematics, Botanical Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kardinaal Mercierlaan 92, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
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SUMMARY

The floral ontogeny of Neurada procumbens L. has been investigated to clarify the position of the family Neuradaceae and to elucidate a number of morphological problems, such as the nature of the epicalyx and the 10-carpellate gynoecium. Morphological and ontogenetic evidence suggests a close affinity with the Rosaceae, contrary to reports of rbcL sequence data. There is a strong gynoecial resemblance with Maloideae, but other characteristics suggest that the affinities of Neuradaceae lie at the base of the Rosaceae.

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