Notes on the Newly Identified Asperula cankiriense B. Sahin & Sagiroglu (Rubiaceae) from Turkey Based on a Light and Scanning Electron Microscopic Study


MICROSCOPY AND MICROANALYSIS, vol.28, no.2, pp.576-584, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1431927622000149
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, INSPEC, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.576-584
  • Keywords: Asperula cankiriense, gypsum plant, micromorphology, raphide crystals, Rubiaceae, LEAF ANATOMY, RANDIA RUBIACEAE, FOLIAR ANATOMY, LEAVES, MICROMORPHOLOGY, HERBIVORY, NAUCLEEAE, TAXONOMY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Micromorphological features of vegetative and reproductive organs in plants are considered important because they can be used as taxonomic characters. Asperula cankiriense B. Sahin & Sagiroglu, commonly known as "Cankiri belumu", belongs to the family Rubiaceae and generally occurs in gypsum steppes. This research reports for the first time the micromorphological characteristics of the vegetative and reproductive organs of A. cankiriense using light and scanning electron microscopy. Taxonomically critical diagnostic features, such as raphide crystals, presence and shape of trichomes, leaf cross-section shape, flower structure, and epidermal ornamentation, were described in detail. This study provided up-to-date information on the micromorphology of this newly described species and provided additional systematic information on A. cankiriense. New data about the species are reported here and will contribute to the knowledge about the family Rubiaceae.