Plant Diversity ›› 2013, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (6): 774-778.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201313204

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The Information of Seed Morphology in iFlora

 DU  Yan, ZHANG  Ting, CA  Jie, YANG  Xiang-Yun   

  1. Germplasm Bank of Wild Species in Southwest China, Kunming Institute of Botany,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2013-10-08 Online:2013-11-25 Published:2013-10-13


The diversity and conservativeness of seed morphological characteristics are extremely important and useful in identifying and classifying plants, and analyzing their phylogenetic relationships. iFlora is the next generation intelligent flora, its ultimate purpose is to help people identify and understand plants precisely and easily. This paper discusses the assistant roles of seed morphological and anatomical characteristics for the development and application of iFlora, and suggests that these characteristics could be incorporated as one of the essential elements of iFlora, which not only will be referred in identifying and classifying plants, but also may be applied to verify the phylogenetic relationships established through the molecular methods. Meanwhile the information of seed morphology can reenrich the contents of iFlora in the description of plant species.

Key words: Seed characteristics, Seed morphological information, iFlora, Classification, Phylogenetic relationships

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