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Journal of Botany
Volume 2013, Article ID 368238, 5 pages
Research Article

Leaf Epidermal Micromorphology of Portulaca L. Species Found in Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002, India

Received 8 July 2013; Revised 2 September 2013; Accepted 22 September 2013

Academic Editor: Philip J. White

Copyright © 2013 Archana Srivastava et al. 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.


Micromorphology of three species of Portulaca was carried out with the help of light microscopy to determine variations within the species which would aid in correct identification of the plants. Epidermal cells are polygonal with sinuous anticlinal walls in all the three species. Length of epidermal cells of P. grandiflora Hook. is higher than P. oleracea Linn. and P. quadrifida Linn. The leaves of P. quadrifida are epistomatic while the remaining species are amphistomatic with paracytic stomata in all the three species. Mean stomatal index and stomatal frequency are more in P. quadrifida while the mean size of stomata (both length and width) is larger in P. grandiflora for both adaxial and abaxial surfaces. Based on the diagnostic features, an artificial indented key is prepared.