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Diversity and Evolutionary Biology of Tropical Flowers

Series: Cambridge Tropical Biology Series

By: Peter K Endress

511 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 1996 | #50861 | ISBN: 0521565103
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Hardback | Jul 1994 | #27688 | ISBN: 0521420881
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About this book

The study of flowers provides a unique insight into the biology and evolution of flowering plants as a whole, but most work has tended to concentrate on flowers of temperate regions. This volume, in contrast, concentrates on tropical flowers, and covers floral organisation, construction, adaptations to pollinators, structure, and evolution.
`This is an ambitious book, and an excellent one. It does a superb job of integrating floral morphology, development, evolution and ecology, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in these subjects for a long time to come' - TREE.

'This is an ambitious book, and an excellent one. It does a superb job of integrating floral morphology, development, evolution and ecology, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in these subjects for a long time to come.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'This book provides a wealth of information that will be of great value to all persons interested in plant systematics, phylogeny, structure-function relationships and ecology.' Taxon


Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Floral organisation (bauplan, groundplan); 3. Floral construction (architecture, gestalt); 4. Floral adaptations to different pollinators (floral styles); 5. Special differentiations associated with pollinator attraction; 6. Special differentiations associated with the breeding system; 7. The process of anthesis; 8. Floral structure: biology of selected systematic groups in the tropics; 9. Aspects of flower evolution; 10. Prospects; Index.

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