Seed trichome variation in Hibiscus section Furcaria in East Africa

  • Geoffrey Mwachala National Museums of Kenya, PO Box 45166, Nairobi, Kenya


The micromorphology of the seed trichomes in Hibiscus section Furcaria in Tropical East Africa was surveyed. The structure of the trichomes was found to be unique for each species examined, where such trichomes are present. Seed trichomes of specimens of H. altissimus Horny from the Kenya and Tanzania coasts were found not to match those of the type for this species. It is considered that this is indicative of subspecific differentiation.

Journal of East African Natural History Vol. 84 (1) 1995: pp. 65-75

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