Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Leaf and petiole anatomy of some members of Rhizophoracae (Mangroves) in Kerala
Author(s): S Surya, N Hari
Abstract: Leaf and petiole anatomy of Rhizophora apiculata Blume., Rhizophora mucronata Lam., Kandelia candal (L) Druce., were studied. All the species showed unique anatomical features adapted to salty mangrove habitat. Three species showed xerophytic characteristics like presence of thick cuticle, branched sclereids, crystalliferous cells, colourless non- assimilatory water storage tissue in hypodermis, tannin cells and terminal trachieds. Petiole anatomy helps species level identification.