MERISTEMATIC CELLS
= VEGETATIVE INITIALS
= SUBEPITHALLIAL INITIALS

The relative length of merestematic cells is an important diagnostic feature on generic level. They are poorly visible in thin section. Click here for illustrations.

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RECENT FOSSIL
S
E
M

from Woelkerling, 1988: Oxford University Press
S
E
M
Fracture of a thallus showning short merestematic cells (arrows) and elongated cells subtending them. Owing to diagenesis, meristematic cells (S) are difficult to separate from cells subtending them (C) and from epithallial cells (E).

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