The differentiation of Elaioplasts
Illustration from Collegiate Dictionary, FA Brockhaus and IA Efron, circa 1905. Cell of very young leaf of Vanilla planifolia; E - elaioplasts; Л - the nucleus; Я - leucoplasts; B - vacuoles

Elaioplasts are a type of leucoplast that is specialized for the storage of lipids in plants.[1] Elaioplasts house oil body deposits as rounded plastoglobuli, which are essentially fat droplets.[2]

Being a variety of leucoplast, elaioplasts are non-pigmented and fall into the much broader plant plastids. A different example of a storage-specialized leucoplast is the amyloplast, which stores starch.


  1. ^ "elaioplast". gardenweb. 
  2. ^ "mondofacto elaioplast". 2008-03-11. 

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