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Journal of Botany
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 874256, 10 pages
Research Article

Karyomorphological Studies in Some Species of Parnassia L. (Saxifragaceae s.l.) in East Asia and Intraspecific Polyploidy of P. palustris L.

1Biological Institute, Showa Pharmaceutical University, Higashi tamagawagakuen, Machida City, Tokyo 194-8543, Japan
2Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Breeding Science, Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture, 1734 Funako, Atsugi City, Kanagawa 243-0034, Japan

Received 24 September 2011; Revised 29 November 2011; Accepted 26 January 2012

Academic Editor: Teresa Garnatje

Copyright © 2012 Tsuneo Funamoto and Katsuhiko Kondo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Karyomorphological information is one of the most important characters for cytotaxonomy. We described karyomorphology of 14 species of Parnassia in East Asia. They had commonly the resting chromosomes of the simple chromocenter type and the mitotic prophase chromosomes of the proximal type. The somatic chromosome number of 2n=14 was shown in three species, that of 2n=18 was shown in six species, that of 2n=18 or 36 was shown in two species, that of 2n=32 was shown in one species, that of 2n=36 or 36+18 s was shown in one species, and that of 2n=18, 27, 36 or 45 was shown in one species. They were commonly monomodal (gradual) decrease in length from the largest to the smallest chromosomes. However, their absolute chromosome sizes were different from each other. Average chromosome sizes were recognized as three types small (1.21 μm), medium (1.7–2.36 μm), and large (3.1–3.75 μm). Parnassia palustris showed four cytotypes that could be likely cytogeographically correlated with habitats, polyploidy, and sizes of pollen grains.