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  [Aroid-l] What's a Cataphyll?
From: tindomul1of9 at yahoo.com (Tindomul Er-Murazor) on 2007.11.27 at 14:45:28(16750)
A cataphyll are often membranous scale leaves, sometimes have no chlorophyll, and often protect surrounding vegetative or floral meristems. In monocotyledons such as our Aroids, the first leaf on a shoot (the prophyll) is often represented by a cataphyll and differs greatly in size and morphology to more distal leaves on the that axis.
My reference is Plant Form An illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology by Adrian D. Bell Oxford University Press 1991

I will look for more references if I can.

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