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Ohio Journal of Science (Ohio Academy of Science) Ohio Journal of Science: Volume 24, Issue 4 (July, 1924)

1924-07

The Vascular Anatomy of Calamovilfa

Longifolia

Stover, Ernest Lincoln

The Ohio Journal of Science. v24 n4 (July, 1924), 169-179

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T H E OHIO JOURNAL OF SCIENCE

VOL. XXIV JULY, 1924 No.. 4

THE VASCULAR ANATOMY OF CALAMOVILFA

LONGIFOLIA.*

ERNEST LINCOLN STOVER

Eastern Illinois State Teachers' College The present study of the anatomy of Calamovilfa was undertaken first because of the great difference observed between the mature vascular bundle of the rhizome and of the aerial stem. Both transverse and longitudinal sections were made of the rhizome and the writer was unable to find spiral tracheae, although they occur in the aerial stem just as they occur in the other grasses. The investigation which followed then resolved itself into a study of the vascular strands: (1) the difference in the vascular structure of the aerial and subterranean stems, (2) the origin, development, and final organization of the vascular bundle of the stems, and (3) the development of the thickenings of the cell walls of the xylem vessels.

When one goes into the literature for a discussion of the above points there is an absence of definite data. Almost all the texts and reference books deal with the mature structures without taking up their origin and development. The figures that are used are mainly those of Zea, and only occasionally is some other grass figured. But though the vascular bundles of the aerial parts of grasses have many similarities, they are not all like corn and they are not all arranged in the stem, as they are in corn. It is possible because of these variations among the grass tribes to identify many genera and even species by their vascular anatomy. Schwendener, Duval-Jouve, Holm, Beal, Pammel, and others have studied the vegetative structures for the purpose of identification; and most of the anatomical studies have been of this type. For these studies in most * Offered as partial requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

170 ERNEST LINCOLN STOVER Vol. X X I V instances the aerial parts were used. But in the grasses the stems vary in the composition of the mature vascular strand and in the arrangement of the vascular bundles, so that not only may the aerial stems of different species be dissimilar, but furthermore, (1) the underground stems of species are different and may form a basis for identification and (2) the aerial and underground stems of the same species are different from each other.

The writer has been unable to find papers which discuss the variation in the vascular anatomy between the rhizome and aerial stem of the same plant, or any discussing the origin and development of the vascular strands of the grasses.

THE RHIZOME.

The internode of the rhizome of Calamovilfa is very little elongated. There are few cells of the rhizome which are not lignified. All of the cells of the vascular bundle are thick walled and lignified, even those of the phloem (Fig. 1), although microchemical tests show that the cells of the phloem are not as highly lignified as those of the xylem and pericycle. The reduced leaves, merely scales, are also highly lignified and cutinized. The vascular bundle in the rhizome consists of the phloem with its sieve tubes and companion cells, protoxylem tracheids, and two to four large metaxylem tracheae. It is without protoxylem annular or spiral tracheae (Fig. 1), except in an occasional internode which has elongated or in a leaf trace. Instead, the protoxylem cells are thick walled, angular tracheids, and the pericycle is of thick walled, angular cells several layers wide. It forms a continuous band about the stele and the cortex on the inner side. The endodermis is not always well defined.

THE AERIAL STEM.

The aerial stem of Calamovilfa shows no differentation of cortex, for the vascular strands are scattered through the stem around a central pith. Each bundle is surrounded by a thick walled pericycle of several cell layers, and the phloem is made up of large, thin walled sieve tubes with companion cells usually irregularly placed, although they are sometimes quite regular. There are usually two large metaxylem pitted vessels,

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and from one to five annular and spiral vessels of the protoxylem surrounded by a few parenchyma cells, (Fig. 2).

The internode is said to develop basipetally. The writer has been unable to demonstrate any definite region of dividing cells at the base of the internode. The elongation in Calamovilfa occurs evidently from a diffuse region there which does not continue as cambium, activity does, but is of limited development. Lignification begins at the top of the internode and progresses down the stem. The lignification of the base of the internode is the limit of the elongation phase of its development.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL VASCULAR BUNDLE.





The desmogen strand is recognized first in the leaf primordium in both longitudinal and transverse sections. It begins with a single cell (Fig. 3), found and recognized with difficulty, that divides into two cells which are readily distinguished, (Fig. 4). Each of these cells divides longitudinally forming four cells (Fig. 5), and from here on the divisions are irregular. The cells of this strand press against the cells surrounding them and cause them to be elongated at right angles to the axis of growth (Fig. 6). This produces an appearance, which later disappears, of a sheath around the demogen strand.

When the strand reaches the condition shown in Figure 7, some of the cell walls both on the inner and outer edge of the strand may begin to thicken, but if elongation is rapid the thickening on the outer edge of the strand does not begin until after the metaxylem cells are differentiated. These outer cells, whose walls become thickened, are pericycle cells.

1. The Development of the Vascular Bundles of the Aerial System.

The cells which become thickened on the side of the strand toward the center of the stem are the annular and spiral tracheas of the protoxylem. From one to five of these are differentiated.

The mature condition is usually as follows: The first vessel is an annular one with the rings closer together than the first, or a spiral vessel very much stretched out. The succeeding ones formed centrifugally are spirals less and less elongated, 172 ERNEST LINCOLN STOVER Vol. X X I V and the youngest either has the tightest spiral or may be a reticulate vessel. Figures showing this are to be found in a number of text and reference works. Metaxylem vessels (pitted'vessels when mature) appear after this; the phloem is differentiated about the same time. The metaxylem vessels are formed from the cells at the periphery of the strand (Fig. 8) in the inner half of the bundle, and the phloem begins to develop from the outer portion of the outer half of the bundle and develops ceritripetally.

At the outer edge of the strand the walls of the pericycle cells begin to thicken and lignification of the bundle begins.

This continues until only the phloem cells and a few cells about the annular and spiral vessels remain as thin walled cells.

The protoxylem develops centrifugally, and the phloem develops centripetally for a time; then the cells of the phloem enlarge and in doing so press against the cells between them and the protoxylem so that these cells are flattened to appear as a cambium region. Chrysler has reported cambial activity in the grass bundle, but in Calamovilfa although the mature bundle of the aerial parts appears to have a cambium, it certainly does not,-for the condition shown in Figure 9 is brought about in the manner described above. The divisions, of the cells of the strand, before the xylem and phloem are differentiated, takes place throughout the whole strand as is shown by the accompanying figure (Fig. 10). Consequently the cells may continue to divide between the xylem and phloem in the region just above the nodes (Chrysler) which is the last to be completely lignified, and the pressure of the developing xylem and phloem causes the cells to take on the appearance of a cambium.

2. The Development of the Vascular Bundles Without Annular and Spiral Vessels.

The bundle (Fig. 1) found in the slow growing rhizome develops in a different manner. The desmogen strand develops just as in the bundle described above until the strand is made up of from twenty to fifty cells. Then there appear usually two (at times one to four) large cells which form the large pitted vessels of the bundle (Fig. 11). The cell walls of the pericycle at the outer edge of the bundle begin to thicken and the cells of the protoxylem become lignified, but W annular

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or spiral vessels are differentiated (except occasionally one and exceptionally two small ones) and all of the protoxylem cells are tracheids. The lignification, which started with the thickening of the cell walls of the pericycle and protoxylem, now continues until all of the cells of the bundle are thick walled and lignified (Pig. 1).

THE AMPHIVASAL BUNDLE.

The amphivasal bundle (Figs. 12 and 13) which one finds in the nodes and rhizome is brought about by the laying down of two vascular strands together which diverge and continue each as single strands. Sometimes the protoxylem vessels are not laid down, but usually in the aerial stem they are.

Figure 12 shows the amphivasal bundle without annular or spiral vessels and Figure 13 shows an amphivasal bundle with a protoxylem spiral vessel. Chrysler has studied this condition in his paper on "The Nodes of Grasses" and states that the amphivasal bundle of the nodes is the fusion of two bundles and that in the basal portion of the plant this may continue through the internode. He also points out that the amphivasal bundle occurs more frequently in the rhizome and lower nodes of the plant than in the aerial nodes. This was found by the writer to be true in Calamovilfa. In Zizania, Chrysler finds that the amphivasal condition is most common where the nodes are crowded and that the same thing is true in the reproductive branch of corn, where the nodes are also crowded. Since the amphivasal bundle is so closely associated with the amount of elongation 'and the separation of the vascular strands, it is evident that here may be a means of studying the scattered vascular bundle that will lead to a better understanding of this condition in monocotyledons. That these structures will fit into the ordinary phylogenetic classification is not at all assured, although considered with other characters they may straighten up the relationships of the tribes and genera. Dr.

Land, in his lectures, points out the great influence of the pericycle in the breaking up of the stele as the cambium activity becomes less pronounced. There is no doubt that a study of the pericycle and its development as well as a study of the endodermis will be of value for further investigations of the grasses and their inter-relationships.

174 ERNEST LINCOLN STOVER Vol. X X I V

THE MARKINGS OF THE XYLEM VESSELS.

According to Haberlandt there are five types of mature tracheae in the xylem: annular, spiral, sclariform, reticulate, and pitted. All of these but the sclariform are found in Calamovilfa. As to the cause of the formation of these varying types, Haberlandt, Jeffrey, and others call attention to the fact that the annular and spiral vessels are related to the elongation of the stem or root, but they do not impress upon the reader the fact that annular and spiral thickenings are the direct result of elongation. Some writers even give the idea to their readers that they are annular and spiral to permit elongation rather than that they are the result of elongation.

In the rapidly growing aerial stem the first vessel to be laid down is usually observed to be either annular or spiral, succeeding vessels are closer spirals, and the last formed are reticulate or pitted. The writer finds that the type of vessels found in the mature condition varies with the amount of elongation, while the deposition of material forming the wall thickenings is going on. In very slow-growing stem tips no spirals are found, except occasionally a very tight one and occasionally an annular vessel. In elongating tips annular and spiral vessels of varying degrees are found in the protoxylem.

The metaxylem tracheae, laid down when elongation has practically ceased, are pitted vessels, or may be slightly reticulate.

In the rhizome with very short internodes the annular tracheae are found occasionally, but few and scattered. These are the only protoxylem vessels found when any are found at all. In fast growing regions of the plant there are as many as five protoxylem annular and spiral vessels in the vascular bundles. In the internodes which are most elongated the elongation may be so great that the annular vessels are actually ruptured and even the surrounding parenchyma cells may be torn so that one finds the thickenings attached along the sides of a cavity. This is figured by Strasburger (page 122), and the cavity is readily demonstrated in corn and other grasses with a rapid development of aerial parts.

The above observation leads to a more careful study of the beginnings of these thickenings. Elongation occurs before these thickenings are lignified, and the thickened portion of the

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