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Document Type

Research

Abstract

Traditionally the castor bean, Ricinus communis L., has been used as a representative endospermous dictotyledon in the study of seed types and germination in elementary botany courses. Such usage occasions great hazard to students, since the seeds are extremely toxic, causing death if taken internally or blindness if rubbed into the eye (Wheeler, 1954). Because of the dangers of the castor bean, Wheeler recommended several legumes which possess endosperm as substitutes. Most of these are either not available in the eastern United States or are rather small for satisfactory use.

Publication Date

1955

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

62

Issue

1

First Page

150

Last Page

151

Copyright

© Copyright 1955 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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