A new species of Bienertia (Chenopodiaceae) from Iranian salt deserts: A third species of the genus and discovery of a fourth terrestrial C4 plant without Kranz anatomy

  title={A new species of Bienertia (Chenopodiaceae) from Iranian salt deserts: A third species of the genus and discovery of a fourth terrestrial C4 plant without Kranz anatomy},
  author={Hossein Akhani and Targol Chatrenoor and Mehdi Dehghani and Roxana Khoshravesh and Parastoo Mahdavi and Zeinab Matinzadeh},
  journal={Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology},
  pages={550 - 559}
Abstract Bienertia is a very interesting genus with its unique C4 photosynthesis in a single cell. Recent investigations on the taxonomy of the genus using a multidisciplinary approach revealed the existence a third species of this genus from the margin of Dasht-e Kavir (desert plain) in central Iran, thus adding a fourth terrestrial C4 plant lacking Kranz anatomy. The flattened leaves, the semi-inferior ovary resulting from adnation of the perianth with the ovary, in addition to cotyledon… 

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