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Systematic Analysis (Morphology, Anatomy and Palynology) of an Aquatic Medicinal Plant Water Mimosa (Neptunia oleracea Lour.) in Eastern India

Debasis Bhunia and Amal Kumar Mondal
Department of Botany and Forestry, Plant Taxonomy, Biosystematics and Molecular Taxonomy Laboratory, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India.
Abstract—Neptunia oleracea Lour. is commonly known as water sensitive plant or water mimosa, belonging to the family Mimosaceae. Morphologically they look like Mimosa pudica except the presence of white spongy aerenchyma tissues that covered the stem and absence of thorns. The plant is herb, perennial, aquatic, floating or prostrate near water‘s edge. Tap root thick, becoming woody. Stem to 1.5 m long. Leaves bipinnate, with 2-3 9-4 pairs of pinnae; petioles 2.0-6.8 cm long. Upper flowers are perfect, sessile Lower flowers sterile. Root epidermis is multi layered, composed 3-4 row of closely set thin walled parenchyma tissue rectangular cells. In the transvers section of stem the outermost epidermis are single layered and composed of closely set rectangular or spheroidal cell with thin cuticle. Paracytic stomata were present on both sides of epidermis. In SEM study swelling cell with hair like appendages are observed in between the stomata. Upper Stomata length 10.33μm and width 1.2μm, lower stomata length 10.76μm, width 2.3μm. Pollen grains are tricolpate and prolate (P= 66.83μm /E=59.83μm) in size and shape. The studies also highlights the morphological, anatomical and palynological characters using scanning electron microscope (SEM), light microscope (LM) and ethnomedicinal aspects of these water sensitive plant used by crush twigs are mixed with paste of un boiled rice (called atapchal in Bengali) and made into large size pills, fried and taken orally or with meals to prevent gastritis, acidity and constipation.These analytical results are showed different special characters which have most importance in taxonomical applications.

Index Terms—Neptunia oleracea , morphology, anatomy, palynology, scanning electron microscopy, light microscopy, Eastern India

Cite: Debasis Bhunia and Amal Kumar Mondal, "Systematic Analysis (Morphology, Anatomy and Palynology) of an Aquatic Medicinal Plant Water Mimosa (Neptunia oleracea Lour.) in Eastern India," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 290-319, April 2012.
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