THE MORPHOLOGY OF FAGOPYRUM EMBRYO

Z. Eshak, H. F. Mohsin and I. Abdul Wahab

  • Ibtisam Abdul Wahab

Abstract

THE MORPHOLOGY OF FAGOPYRUM EMBRYO

 

  1. Eshak, H. F. Mohsin and I. Abdul Wahab

 

Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 42300 Puncak Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA.

 

ABSTRACT

The microscopic observation of a pseudo cereal or buckwheat is presented. This plant species is botanically known as Fagopyrum (family: Polygonaceae). In our laboratory, the chromatographic purification of the acetone extract yielded an unsaturated fatty acid derivative and was described elsewhere. Concurrently, the structure of the seed starchy endosperm cells was investigated by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The morphological differences were observed between normal and tartary buckwheat (F. esculentum and F. tataricum, respectively). From the photomicrographs, the common buckwheat endosperm contains small polygonal starch granules, ranging in size from 7 to 9 μm. Meanwhile, the seed size from tartary buckwheat was also recorded. During this experiment, a publication provided microscopical evidences of the Fagopyrum seed. It is found that the characteristics of both samples were equivalent with the report. Following the computer aided three-dimensional reconstructions of the buckwheat embryo, it is concluded that the shape and size of the embryo in buckwheat seeds are presently resolved.

 

Keywords: Fagopyrum, microscopy, seed

Published
2013-12-31
Section
Original Research Articles