Morphological Variation of Leaf Pattern of the Nepalese Taraxacum Spp. (Asteraceae)

Authors

  • Sanjeev Luintel Amrit Science College, Tribhuvan University, Lainchaur, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sabina Gyawali Amrit Science College, Tribhuvan University, Lainchaur, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Babu Ram Paudel Laboratory of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yunnan University, 2# North, Cuihu Road, Kunming, 650091, Yunnan, China
  • Mani Shrestha School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia
  • Lokesh Ratna Shakya Amrit Science College, Tribhuvan University, Lainchaur, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hebids.v5i1.36123

Keywords:

Morphology, leaf, taxonomy, venation

Abstract

Morphological variation of leaf pattern is very common in flowering plants to non-flowering plants that were used to differentiate the species in genus to species level. In this study, we used leaf morphology as the key characters to separate the species of Nepalese Taraxacum. Samples were collected from different parts of Nepal and herbarium specimen were observed to find the variation between the different species of Taraxacum. Our study shows that the presence of two distinct group in this genus Taraxacum. Taxa one is characterized by leaf with double margin (e.g. Taraxacum eriopodum along with 3 other species) and another group is characterized by leaf with single margin (e.g. Taraxacum tibetanum along with 5 other species).

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Author Biographies

Babu Ram Paudel, Laboratory of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yunnan University, 2# North, Cuihu Road, Kunming, 650091, Yunnan, China

and Department of Botany, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal

Mani Shrestha, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia

and Faculty of information Technology, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3800, Australia

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Published

2017-12-28

How to Cite

Luintel, S., Gyawali, S., Paudel, B. R., Shrestha, M., & Shakya, L. R. (2017). Morphological Variation of Leaf Pattern of the Nepalese Taraxacum Spp. (Asteraceae). Himalayan Biodiversity, 5(1), 9–15. https://doi.org/10.3126/hebids.v5i1.36123

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