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Floral structure and development in the monoecious palm Gaussia attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae).
Ann Bot 2014; 114(7):1483-95AB

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS

Sexual dimorphism, at both the flower and plant level, is widespread in the palm family (Arecaceae), in contrast to the situation in angiosperms as a whole. The tribe Chamaedoreeae is of special interest for studies of the evolution of sexual expression since dioecy appears to have evolved independently twice in this group from a monoecious ancestor. In order to understand the underlying evolutionary pathways, it is important to obtain detailed information on flower structure and development in each of the main clades.

METHODS

Dissection and light and scanning electron microscopy were performed on developing flowers of Gaussia attenuata, a neotropical species belonging to one of the three monoecious genera of the tribe.

KEY RESULTS

Like species of the other monoecious genera of the Chamaedoreeae (namely Hyophorbe and Synechanthus), G. attenuata produces a bisexual flower cluster known as an acervulus, consisting of a row of male flowers with a basal female flower. Whereas the sterile androecium of female flowers terminated its development at an early stage of floral ontogeny, the pistillode of male flowers was large in size but with no recognizable ovule, developing for a longer period of time. Conspicuous nectary differentiation in the pistillode suggested a possible role in pollinator attraction.

CONCLUSIONS

Gaussia attenuata displays a number of floral characters that are likely to be ancestral to the tribe, notably the acervulus flower cluster, which is conserved in the other monoecious genera and also (albeit in a unisexual male form) in the dioecious genera (Wendlandiella and a few species of Chamaedorea). Comparison with earlier data from other genera suggests that large nectariferous pistillodes and early arrest in staminode development might also be regarded as ancestral characters in this tribe.

Authors+Show Affiliations

UMR DIADE, Palm Developmental Biology Group, Centre IRD Montpellier, BP 64501, 911, avenue Agropolis, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Université de Genève, laboratoire de systématique végétale et biodiversité, CP 60, CH-1292 Chambésy/GE, Switzerland.Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Bogotá, Carrera 30 45-03, Edificio 421, Colombia.Université de Genève, Faculté des Sciences, Département de Botanique et Biologie Végétale, quai Ernest Ansermet 30, 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland.UMR DIADE, Palm Developmental Biology Group, Centre IRD Montpellier, BP 64501, 911, avenue Agropolis, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), UMR DIADE/DYNADIV, BP 64501, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.UMR DIADE, Palm Developmental Biology Group, Centre IRD Montpellier, BP 64501, 911, avenue Agropolis, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France james.tregear@ird.fr.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25006179

Citation

Castaño, Felipe, et al. "Floral Structure and Development in the Monoecious Palm Gaussia Attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae)." Annals of Botany, vol. 114, no. 7, 2014, pp. 1483-95.
Castaño F, Stauffer F, Marquinez X, et al. Floral structure and development in the monoecious palm Gaussia attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae). Ann Bot. 2014;114(7):1483-95.
Castaño, F., Stauffer, F., Marquinez, X., Crèvecoeur, M., Collin, M., Pintaud, J. C., & Tregear, J. (2014). Floral structure and development in the monoecious palm Gaussia attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae). Annals of Botany, 114(7), pp. 1483-95. doi:10.1093/aob/mcu133.
Castaño F, et al. Floral Structure and Development in the Monoecious Palm Gaussia Attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae). Ann Bot. 2014;114(7):1483-95. PubMed PMID: 25006179.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Floral structure and development in the monoecious palm Gaussia attenuata (Arecaceae; Arecoideae). AU - Castaño,Felipe, AU - Stauffer,Fred, AU - Marquinez,Xavier, AU - Crèvecoeur,Michèle, AU - Collin,Myriam, AU - Pintaud,Jean-Christophe, AU - Tregear,James, Y1 - 2014/07/08/ PY - 2014/7/10/entrez PY - 2014/7/10/pubmed PY - 2015/7/8/medline KW - Arecaceae KW - Arecoideae KW - Chamaedoreeae KW - Flower development KW - Gaussia attenuata KW - floral structure KW - monoecy KW - sexual expression SP - 1483 EP - 95 JF - Annals of botany JO - Ann. Bot. VL - 114 IS - 7 N2 - BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sexual dimorphism, at both the flower and plant level, is widespread in the palm family (Arecaceae), in contrast to the situation in angiosperms as a whole. The tribe Chamaedoreeae is of special interest for studies of the evolution of sexual expression since dioecy appears to have evolved independently twice in this group from a monoecious ancestor. In order to understand the underlying evolutionary pathways, it is important to obtain detailed information on flower structure and development in each of the main clades. METHODS: Dissection and light and scanning electron microscopy were performed on developing flowers of Gaussia attenuata, a neotropical species belonging to one of the three monoecious genera of the tribe. KEY RESULTS: Like species of the other monoecious genera of the Chamaedoreeae (namely Hyophorbe and Synechanthus), G. attenuata produces a bisexual flower cluster known as an acervulus, consisting of a row of male flowers with a basal female flower. Whereas the sterile androecium of female flowers terminated its development at an early stage of floral ontogeny, the pistillode of male flowers was large in size but with no recognizable ovule, developing for a longer period of time. Conspicuous nectary differentiation in the pistillode suggested a possible role in pollinator attraction. CONCLUSIONS: Gaussia attenuata displays a number of floral characters that are likely to be ancestral to the tribe, notably the acervulus flower cluster, which is conserved in the other monoecious genera and also (albeit in a unisexual male form) in the dioecious genera (Wendlandiella and a few species of Chamaedorea). Comparison with earlier data from other genera suggests that large nectariferous pistillodes and early arrest in staminode development might also be regarded as ancestral characters in this tribe. SN - 1095-8290 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25006179/Floral_structure_and_development_in_the_monoecious_palm_Gaussia_attenuata_(Arecaceae L2 - https://academic.oup.com/aob/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/aob/mcu133 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -