Pollen and Spore Atlas

Ipomoea pes-caprae CONVOLVULACEAE

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Pollen / Spore Morphologic Type(s) Surface Pattern(s) Equatorial Size Polar Size Equatorial Shape(s) Polar Shape(s)
min max mean min max mean
pollen pantoporate echinate 75.0 75.0 circular circular

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Aperture Count(s) M
Columella visible
Pore Shape(s) circular
Morphology Notes Periporate. Pore apertures round between spines. Echinate (spines) 15um long. Tectate with columnellae under tectum. Spheroidal shape with pore openings in ektexine.

Ecology and Geography

Plant Type Cotyledon Type Floristic Region(s) Habit Terrestrial(s)
angiosperm dicot Australia (tropical),
Australia (east coast),
Australia (south coast),
East Pacific Islands,
Other outside Australasia

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Common Name goat's foot
Habitat Notes Is a common tropical creeping vine. It grows on the upper parts of beaches and endures salted air. It is one of the most common and most widely distributed salt tolerant plants and provides one of the best known examples of oceanic dispersal. Its seeds float and are unaffected by salt water. This species can be found on the sandy shores of the tropical Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Goat's Foot is common on the sand dunes of Australia's upper north coast of New South Wales and can also be found along the entire Queensland coastline. Found on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) by Skottsberg in 1920.
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Collector Institution
E.J.Cushing 67-17 UMN

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Collection Site Java, DIY, Parantritis
Collection Country Indonesia
Collection Date 1967-03-15
Preparation Method KOH, acet, fuch
Slide Medium silicon
Preparation Date 2006-12-14
Microscopic Instrument LEICA DMLB #188768
Collection Notes Processed at the Pollen Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA from the collecton of Ed Cushing, slide ref. G29. Kimberley Region, Western Australian Pollen Flora. Also found in Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean.