Style and Ovary Studies in Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) Dc.
Koshy Eapen P.*, Alex Blessymole K., Thomas Elizabeth1, John Philip2
Department of Molecular and Cellular Engineering, Jacob School of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad, 211007, India
1Department of Botany, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, Pathanamthitta
2Department of Science, Walthamstow Science Academy, Walthamstow, E17 5DP, London
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Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC., commonly known as ‘winged bean ’is an un-derutilized leguminous crop, but it has multiple uses as food, fodder, intercrop and a treasure house of medicines. The knowledge of repro-ductive biology of flowering plants is important for understanding pollination and breeding sys-tems. An in depth knowledge of the reproduc-tive organs of the plant is very much essential for undertaking genetic improvement pro-grammes in the plant. In this context the style and ovary morphology of Psophocarpustetragonolobus (L.) Dc. was analyzed using cot-ton blue staining and microscopy. The study re-vealed that the style is of the hollow type and ovary is of the campylotropus type.