Comparative Leaf Epidermis Analyses оf Micromeria frivaldszkyana (Degen) Velen. and Clinopodium vulgare L. (Lamiaceae) from Bulgarka Nature Park, Bulgaria
Tsvetelina R. Mladenova1, Plamen S. Stoyanov1,2, Irina K. Michova-Nankova1, Rumen D. Mladenov1,2, Doychin T. Boyadzhiev3, Anelia V. Bivolarska4, Krasimir T. Todorov1*
1 - University of Plovdiv"Paisii Hilendarski", Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Methods of BiologyTeaching, 24 TzarAssen Str., Plovdiv 4000, BULGARIA
2 - Medical University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, 120 Bratya Bukston Blvd., Plovdiv 4000, BULGARIA
3 - University of Plovdiv "PaisiiHilendarski", Faculty of Mathematics and informatics, Departmentof Applied Mathematics and Modelling, 24 TzarAssen Str., Plovdiv 4000, BULGARIA
4 - Medical University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Biochemistry, 15 A Vasil Aprilov Blvd., Plovdiv 4000, BULGARIA
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Abstract. The present work presents a comparative anatomical study of the leaf epidermis of the Bulgarian endemic Micromeria frivaldszkyana (Degen) Velen. and Clinopodium vulgare L., belonging to the family Lamiaceae. In both species they occur diacytic and anomocytic stomatal type, while the indumentum is presented by multicellular, linear covering trichomes and multicellular, stacked glandular trichomes. The results obtained from the statistical data processing contribute to the distinction between the two species with respect to the peculiarities of the leaf epidermis. Taxonomically significant anatomical features for their determination are: number, width and length of stomata on the abaxial epidermis; width of on the adaxial epidermis; number, width and length of basic epidermal cells along both epidermis and thickness of upper and lower cuticle.
Key words: Micromeria frivaldszkyana, Clinopodium vulgare, leaf epidermis, Bulgarka Natural Park.