Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3835

Full Length Research Paper

Taxonomic potential of foliar epidermal anatomy among the wild culinary vegetables of Pakistan

Mamoona Munir*, Mir Ajab Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad, Arshad Mehmood Abbasi, Muhammad Zafar, Kiran Yasmin Khan, Kanwal Tariq, Saira Tabassum, Sidra Nisar Ahmed, Ume Habiba and  Abida Bano
Department of Plant Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 March 2011
  •  Published: 04 July 2011


The present study is focused on the taxonomic screening of ten wild culinary vegetables that is Amaranthus viridus L, Bauhenia verigata L, Chenopodium album L, Malva parvifloraL, Medicago falcate L, Medicago polymorpha L, Melilotus indicus L, Portulaca oleracea L, Portulaca quardifida L and Solanum nigrum L. The objective of the present study is to use the foliar epidermal features for taxonomic identification of these culinary vegetables. The study based on light microscopic (LM) characterization of foliar epidermis. Shape of epidermal cells, presence and type of stomata and trichomes and stomatal index plays a key role in the identification of these species. Although detailed characterization of these species at molecular and genetic level is still needed.


Key words: Ethnobotany, foliar epidermis, culinary vegetables.