Morphology and identification of the seedlings of selected woody/semi-woody species of dicotyledons sensu lato growing wild in South Florida (U.S.A.). Part I. Species with epigeal germination
We describe and compare the seedlings of 70 species of trees, shrubs, and woody/semi-woody vines of dicotyledons sensu lato which have epigeal germination and which grow wild in south Florida. For each species we characterize the macroscopical features of the hypocotyl, cotyledons, supra-cotyledonary internodes, and supra-cotyledonary leaves as well as the presence vs. absence of, the kinds of, and the distribution of trichomes. We conclude with a taxonomic key for identifying the seedlings of all considered species. Fifty-nine and 11 of the investigated species are native to, and exotic within Florida, respectively.
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