Abnormalities in the female spikelets of Coix lacryma-jobi L. (Poaceae) India

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Nilesh Appaso Madhav
Kumar Vinod Chhotupuri Gosavi


Genus Coix L. belongs to family Poaceae Barnhart is native to tropical regions of southern Asia to Australia and represented by six taxa (3 species + 3 infraspecific taxa) worldwide. In India it is represented by two species and three varieties. In which Coix lacryma-jobi L. is most diverse taxon all over the world. Fruits of Coix is one of the important characters for the species. In the present communication some abnormalities of female spikelets (utricle) of C. lacryma-jobi in context with number of female spikelets and appearance of leaf blade with different length on utricle are reported for the first time. The abnormalities are showed affinities with related taxa. 

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Kumar Vinod Chhotupuri Gosavi, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, MS, India

Department of Botany


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