Sperm Cells in Apiaceae

  • M. Weber
Conference paper


Two types of sperm cells are found in mature pollen grains of Apiaceae. For example Eryngium campestre (Fig.l) shows the plasma-rich sperm cell type having numerous organelles, mainly mitochondria and dictyosomes. The mitochondria (m) are smaller than those in the vegetative cytoplasm (M). The nucleus is elongated and slightly sickle-shaped. The folded sperm cell wall consists of two plasma membranes, which form broad projections on both poles of the cell. Inbetween the plasma membranes there is a deposition of wall material.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BotanyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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