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Description of a fertilization-independent obligate apomictic species: Corunastylis apostasioides Fitzg

Sorensen, Anna-Marie; Rouse, Dean; Clements, M A; Johnston, Paul; Perotti, Enrico


The Australian midge orchid Corunastylis apostasioides of the tribe Diurideae has completely eliminated any male contribution in the process of seed formation, which occurs directly from the maternal tissue by a process termed apomixis. Here, we report C. apostasioides to be an obligate apomictic species devoid of any sexuality and compare its development to a close sexual relative C. fimbriata (R. Br.) D.L. Jones & M.A. Clem. Apomictic characteristics in C. apostasioides include production of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Sexual Plant Reproduction
DOI: 10.1007/s00497-009-0100-9


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