The focus of the present edition has been to further consolidate the information on the principles of plant systematic, include detailed discussion on all major systems of classification, and significantly, also include discussion on the selected families of vascular plants, without sacrificing the discussion on basic principles.
The families included for discussion are largely those which have wide representation, as also those that are less known but significant in evaluating the phylogeny of angiosperms. The discussion of the families also has a considerable focus on their phylogenetic relationships, as evidenced by recent cladistic studies, with liberal citation of molecular data. Several additional families have been included for detailed discussion in the present volume.
Taxonomy and Systematics; Basic Components of Systematics; Aims of Systematics; Advancement Levels in Systematics; Systematics in Internet Revolution; Historical Background of Plant Classification; Classifications based on Gross Morphology; Sexual System; Natural Systems; Phylogenetic Systems; Botanical Nomenclature; Need for Scientific Names; History of Botanical Nomenclature; Principles of ICBN; Names of Taxa; The Type Method; Author Citation; Publication of Names; Rejection of Names; Principle of Priority; Names of Hybrids; Names of Cultivated Plants; Unified Biological Nomenclature; Descriptive Terminology; Habit and Life Span; Roots; Stems; Leaves; Inflorescence; Flower; Fruit; Floral Formula; Floral Diagram; Process of Identification; Specimen Preparation; Herbarium Methods; Identification Methods; Hierarchical Classifications; Taxonomic groups, Categories and Ranks; Utilization of Categories; Variation and Speciation; Types of Variation; Variance Analysis; Isolating Mechanisms; Speciation; Taxonomic Evidence; Morphology; Anatomy; Embryology; Micromorphology and Ultrastructure; Chromosomes; Chemotaxonomy; Molecular Systematics; Phenetic Methods: Taxometrics; Principles of Taxometrics; Operational Taxonomic Units; Taxonomic Characters; Measurement of Resemblance; Cluster Analysis; Ordination; Application of Numerical Taxonomy in Angiosperms; Phylogenetic Methods: Cladistics; Important Phylogenetic Terms and Concepts; Cladistic Methodology; Developing Classifications; Phylogeny of Angiosperms; Origin of Angiosperms; Basal Living Angiosperms; Evolutionary Trends; Major Systems of Classification; Bentham and Hooker; Engler and Hutchinson; John Hutchinson; Armen Takhtajan; Arthur Cronquist; Rolf Dahlgren; Robert Thorne; Angiosperm Phylogeny Group; Major Families of Angiosperms; Subclass: Magnoliidae; Alismatidae; Liliidae; Commelinididae; Ranunculidae; Hamamelididae; Caryophyllidae; Rosidae; Asteridae; Lamiidae; Plant Geography; Historical Development; Aims and Scope; Physical Geography of Earth; Static or Descriptive Phytogeography; Dynamic or Interpretive Phytogeography
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