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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(2): 399-408       |                 Available online, April 25, 2018

Comparative foliar micro morphological studies on some Tephrosia Pers. species of Indian Thar Desert


Vandana and Deora GS


Taxonomy and Plant Diversity Laboratory, Center of Advanced Study, Department of Botany Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur-342005 (Rajasthan) India.

Correspondence author: Dr. G. S. Deora; e-mail:


Received : 21.01.2018     |      Accepted : 19.04.2018      |      Published : 25.04.2018

A comparative foliar micro morphological study of four species of Tephrosia Pers. viz. Tephrosia purpurea, Tephrosia uniflora subsp. petrosa, Tephrosia villosa, Tephrosia wallichii of Indian Thar desert was carried out to elucidate their taxonomic relationship. Stomata and trichomes along with epidermal cell characters were investigated for demarcation of species. Epidermal cells were polygonal isodiametric and rectangular in shape with straight to curved anticlinal wall. All four species were amphistomatic and in addition to classical stomatal types, some new stomatal types such as staurocytic, isotricytic, hemiparacytic, anomotetracytic, brachyparatetracytic were also reported. Trichomes were two types- simple, uniseriate, eglandular and peltate glandular and occurred on lower surface of leaf in all four species. Trichomes were present on upper epidermis in T. villosa and T. wallichii but absent in T. purpurea, T. uniflora subsp. petrosa. Present study on foliar epidermis of all four species of Tephrosia revealed that all micro morphological characters of leaf shows inter specific relationship among the species, which could be remarkable and reassuring taxonomic tool in delimitation of these species.


Key words: Tephrosia, Indian Thar Desert, stomata, trichomes, epidermal cell



Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Vandana and Deora GS (2018) Comparative foliar micro morphological studies on some Tephrosia Pers. species of Indian Thar Desert, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(2): 399-408. 



Authors are thankful to the University Grant Commission, New Delhi for providing financial assistance in form of CAS program in the Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.


Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



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