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Nama hispidum, N. lobbii, N. rothrockii, and N. xylopodum have two basic types of trichomes on the adaxial and abaxial surfaces: glandular and nonglandular. Nama hispidum and N. xylopodum have (1) short semierect or intermediate-length acicular trichomes that often recurve toward the leaf surface and (2) short-stalked capitate glands. The larger acicular trichomes have micropapillae. Nama lobbii has long filiform trichomes and sessile capitate glands. Nama rothrockii has erect, smooth subulate trichomes and long-stalked capitate glands. Morphological diversity of trichomes in Nama and their possible functional significance as a predator defense are discussed.

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