Salt glands in the zoysieae

K. B. Marcum, C. L. Murdoch

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    Salt glands were found in two species of the genus Zoysia of the tribe Zoysieae, sub-family Chloridoideae (Poaceae). Glands protrude from and are recumbent to the leaf epidermis, and consist of two cells, a basal cell and upper cap cell. Glands were better developed on the adaxial surfaces. Those on the abaxial surface appear to be non-functional. Zoysia matrella, the more salt-tolerant species, had a higher density of larger glands, and secreted more sodium per unit leaf mass, resulting in much lower leaf sap osmolalities than those of the more salt-sensitive Z. japonica. The finding of salt glands in the tribe Zoysieae confirms its relation to the four other tribes within the sub-family Chloridoideae in which salt glands have previously been reported.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalAnnals of Botany
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1990


    • Japanese lawngrass
    • Manilagrass
    • Poaceae
    • Salt glands
    • Salt tolerance
    • Secretion
    • Sodium chloride
    • Zoysia japonica
    • Zoysia matrella
    • Zoysieae

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Plant Science


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