Author(s): Meera Devi Sri P, Arulvasu C, Ilavarasan R*
Punica granatum Linn. is a shrub belongs to the family Punicaceae. It is often a cross pollinated food crop and the seeds germinate well. As a result a large number of diverse seedling forms have evolved in nature in various regions of the world over the years. “Double flower”- Punica granatum is an ornamental pomegranate type where the flowers have numerous petals and look like a rose flower. These flowers have numerous pharmacological activities and have been used as one of the ingredients in many formulations of Unani system of Medicine. Though the flower has significant therapeutic use since antiquity many fundamental aspects are lacking including the floral biology. Hence, in the present study, an attempt was made to differentiate and describe the morphology and anatomy of the double flower for better understanding it from the normal flowers of Punica granatum. Scanning electron microscopic and light microscopic images of various histological sections of the normal flower as well as the double flower clearly exhibit the morphological features and anatomical structure of the flower.