Insight into "serpentine syndrome"of Albanian, endemic violets (Viola L., Melanium Ging. section) - looking for unique, adaptive microstructural floral, and embryological characters

Aneta Słomka , Monika Kwiatkowska , Jerzy Bohdanowicz , Lulezim Shuka , Monika Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska , Wojciech Borucki , Elżbieta Kuta


The genus Viola, particularly Melanium section, rich in metallophytes, is an excellent taxon for study of microevolutionary and adaptation processes. Pollen, ovule, and microstructural floral characters were investigated by LM, SEM, and CLSM in seven endemic Albanian violets, five serpentinophytes (Viola albanica, V. dukadjinica, V. albanica × V. dukadjinica, V. raunsiensis, and V. macedonica), two from chalk soil (V. aetolica and V. schariensis), and in their closest relatives (V. lutea ssp. sudetica, V. tricolor ssp. tricolor, and V. arvensis) for their taxonomic usefulness and adaptive value. Three among analyzed characters were common in all Albanian violets however not unique. Serpentinophytes, V. aetolica and V. schariensis possessed hairs deep inside the spur, developed pollen heteromorphism, both increase the chance of pollination in unpredictable conditions and had strongly developed tannin rich layer in the outer integument of the young ovules with a protective role. They also all exhibited high pollen viability (86.9 ± 10.2%), high frequency of normally developed, enlarged (fertilized) ovules in ovary (65.0 ± 24.0%), but also high frequency of degenerations in developing ovules (40.4 ± 9.8%). Several flower characters may be adaptive in the unfavorable, high altitude environment, including serpentine soils. High pollen viability and normally developed fertilized ovules are sufficient for Albanian species maintenance.
Author Aneta Słomka
Aneta Słomka,,
, Monika Kwiatkowska
Monika Kwiatkowska,,
, Jerzy Bohdanowicz (FB / DPCE)
Jerzy Bohdanowicz,,
- Department of Plant Cytology and Embryology
, Lulezim Shuka
Lulezim Shuka,,
, Monika Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska
Monika Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska,,
, Wojciech Borucki
Wojciech Borucki,,
, Elżbieta Kuta
Elżbieta Kuta,,
Journal seriesPlant Biosystems, ISSN 1126-3504, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishembryological processes, pansies, pollen viability and heteromorphism, stigma and nectary microstructure, tannin layer of ovule
ASJC Classification1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; 1110 Plant Science
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.78; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.203 (2) - 2017=1.191 (5)
Citation count*6 (2020-05-15)
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UwagiArtykuł został zgłoszony do parametryzacji za lata 2013-2016
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