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Iowa State University

Soybean

2003

Plant Biology

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Floral Nectary Fine Structure And Development In Glycine Max L. (Fabaceae), Harry T. Horner, Rosaria A. Healy, Teresa Cervantes-Martinez, Reid G. Palmer Sep 2003

Floral Nectary Fine Structure And Development In Glycine Max L. (Fabaceae), Harry T. Horner, Rosaria A. Healy, Teresa Cervantes-Martinez, Reid G. Palmer

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Floral nectaries of annual cultivated Glycine max develop between the bases of the central gynoecium and lateral stamen ring. Each discoid nectary forms immediately before flower opening and degenerates within 24 h. Three stages of nectary development are identified: preactive, active, and postactive. Preactive and active nectaries are composed of a single-layered epidermis that contains many open stomata, with guard cells having thickened walls, starch-engorged plastids, and other organelles. The major portion of each nectary consists of thin-walled special parenchyma cells, each having dense cytoplasm with a nucleus, Golgi bodies and vesicles, mitochondria, plastids, endoplasmic reticulum, many ribosomes, and one ...