Structure and Reproduction of Grateloupia filicina (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) from Indian Coast

  • Pooja Baweja (Marine Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Delhi) ;
  • Dinabandhu Sahoo (Marine Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Delhi)
  • Published : 2002.09.30


The vegetative and reproductive features of Grateloupia filicina (Lamouroux) C. Agardh (Cryptonemiales, Halymeniaceae) from different parts of the Indian Coast were studied. The plants grow in wide range of habitats and showed a lot of morphological variations. The development of the thallus is multiaxial type and the medullary region is composed of irregular, branched and stellate shaped cells. The gametophytic plants are dioecious and the male plants are smaller compared to female plants. The carpogonial branch is two-celled and formed on an a accessory branch system known as ampulla. Cystocarps are spherical to sybspherical with distint ostioles and scattered on the thallus surface. Tetrasporangia are common and tetraspores are either cruciate or decussate. Bisporangia are occasionally encountered. Our study suggests occurrence of two intraspecific taxa of G. filicina i.e.: var. luxurians and var. filinina from India coast.



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