Pollen morphology of the Myrtaceae. Part 4: Tribes Kanieae, Myrteae and Tristanieae

Andrew H. Thornhill*, Geoff S. Hope, Lyn A. Craven, Michael D. Crisp

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    25 Citations (Scopus)


    Pollen morphology of 44 genera and 101 species from the Myrtaceae tribes Kanieae, Myrteae and Tristanieae was surveyed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy (LM). Most Myrteae pollen were brevicolpate and granulate, which is unique within Myrtaceae, and these are most likely ancestral characters for this tribe. Two main pollen types were observed in tribe Kanieae, one form being with syncolpate colpi and a distinctive granulate exine, and the other with parasyncolpate colpi and a less ornamented exine. Genera Tristania and Thaleropia of tribe Tristanieae produce the smallest pollen in Myrtaceae, whereas Octamyrtus of tribe Myrteae produces the largest pollen observed in Myrtaceae.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)260-289
    Number of pages30
    JournalAustralian Journal of Botany
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    Dive into the research topics of 'Pollen morphology of the Myrtaceae. Part 4: Tribes Kanieae, Myrteae and Tristanieae'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this