A study of the non-articulated laticifers and the nature of latex in two members of asclepiadaceae
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The non-articulated, very little branched, simple type of laticifers inLeptadenia reticulata originate at the embryonic stage of the plant. These later on grow and develop into the other organs and form a well distributed system of laticifers, in the stem and also in the leaves, near the veins and veinlets. A qualitative chemical analysis of the latex ofLeptadenia reticulata and alsoCryptostegia grandiflora, another member of the Asclepiadaceae, has revealed the presence of various kinds of enzymes, sugars and amino-acids in the latex. These, probably, are of some importance to the plant.
KeywordsEmbryonic Stage Plant Anatomy Arnold Arboretum Milk Clotting Enzyme Free Nucleus
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