Preface; Part I. Phylogenetic Perspectives: 1. Comparing plants and connecting traits J. Silvertown, and M. Dodd; 2. Phylogenetic uncertainties and sensitivity analyses in comparative biology M. Donoghue, and D. Ackerly; 3. Comparative ecology of the native and alien floras of the British Isles M. J. Crawley, P. H. Harvey, and A. Purvis; Part II. Reproductive Traits: 4. The comparative biology of pollination and mating in flowering plants S. C. H. Barrett, L. D. Harder, and A. C. Worley; 5. How does self-pollination evolve? Inferences from floral ecology and molecular genetic variation S. C. H. Barrett, L. D. Harder, and A. C. Worley; 6. Effects of life history traits on genetic diversity in plant species J. L. Hamrick, and M. J. W. Godt; Part III. Evolutionary Ecology of Seed Dormancy and Seed Size: 7. Evolutionary ecology of seed dormancy and seed size J. L. Hamrick, and M. J. W. Godt; 8. Comparative ecology of seed size and dispersal M. Westoby, M. Leishman, and J. Lord; 9. Packaging and provisioning on plant reproduction D. L. Venable; Part IV. Recruitment and Growth: 10. Comparative ecology of clonal plants J. M. van Groenendael, L. Klimes, J. Klimesova, and R. J. J. Hendriks; 11. Life history variation in plants: an exploration of the fast-slow continuum hypothesis M. Franco and J. Silvertown; 12. Life history evolution in heterogenous environments: a review of theory R. M. Sibly; Part V. Interaction: 13. Plant-insect feeding associations D. Futuyma, and C. Mitter; 14. Trends in the evolution of root-microbe symbioses A. H. Fitter, and B. Moyersoen; 15. Competitive ability: definitions, contingency and correlated traits D. Goldberg; Index.