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Title:Studies on Singapore Pollen
Authors:Rao, A.N.
Lee, Y.K.
Date Issued:Apr 1970
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Rao AN, Lee YK. 1970. Studies on Singapore Pollen. Pac Sci 24(2): 255-268.
Abstract:The pollen flora of Singapore and Malaya
has been studied very little despite the wealth of
the lush tropical vegetation. In well-known
works on pollen morphology (Wodehouse,
1935; Erdtman, 1952) few of the indigenous
plants of Southeast Asia have been described
and most of the descriptions are based on herbarium
material. About five years ago, when
several requests were made for identification
of certain pollens in connection with a few
allergic cases reported in the local hospitals,
an interest developed in the study of Singapore
pollen. Since then a reference pollen collection
of about 400 local species has been built up in
the Botany Department of the University of
Singapore, and a study on the morphological
characters of the pollen of these plants has
been undertaken. This paper is the first report
of these studies. The valuable works of Cranwell
(1953), Erdtman (1943, 1952), Faegri
and Iversen (1964), Hyde and Adams (1958),
Nair (1965), and Wodehouse (1935), and
the journals Grana Palynologica, Botanical Review
(Faegri, 1956), and Pollen et Spores were
consulted as chief sources of reference. The
pollen characters of about 85 species which
have not been described in these earlier works
are dealt with here, and another eight species
are redescribed to indicate the variations displayed
by local forms.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 2, 1970

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