Comparative wood anatomy of Rhodothamnus species


Abstract: In this study, the comparative wood anatomy of the European [Rhodothamnus chamaecistus (L.) Reichb.] and Anatolian (Rhodothamnus sessilifolius P.H.Davis) species of Rhodothamnus were studied. The wood anatomy of the taxa shows evidence of adaptation to growing in alpine habitats. The woods of the species exhibit primitive wood anatomical characteristics and share similar qualitative anatomical features. However, some of the quantitative anatomical characteristics of the taxa show significant differences, such as the distinctness of the growth ring and the bar number of the scalariform perforation plate. The present study describes and compares the anatomical properties of the wood of the Rhodothamnus species.

Keywords: Ericaceae, Rhodothamnus, wood anatomy

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