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Floral Diagrams: An Aid to Understanding Flower Morphology and Evolution

By: Louis P Ronse de Craene

441 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2010 | #181082 | ISBN-13: 9780521729451
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Hardback | Feb 2010 | #181131 | ISBN-13: 9780521493468
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About this book

Floral morphology remains the cornerstone for plant identification and studies of plant evolution. This guide gives a global overview of the floral diversity of the angiosperms through the use of detailed floral diagrams. These schematic diagrams replace long descriptions or complicated drawings as a tool for understanding floral structure and evolution. They show important features of flowers, such as the relative positions of the different organs, their fusion, symmetry, and structural details.

The relevance of the diagrams is discussed, and pertinent evolutionary trends are illustrated. The range of plant species represented reflects the most recent classification of flowering plants based mainly on molecular data, which is expected to remain stable in the future. This book is invaluable for researchers and students working on plant structure, development and systematics, as well as being an important resource for plant ecologists, evolutionary botanists and horticulturists.

This work suggests a strong potential synergy between morphological studies and evolutionary developmental genetics research, and will be a valuable reference for students or professionals in botany, plant systematics, and evoultionary developmental biology. R.M. Warner, Choice Magazine


1. Introduction: flower morphology; 2. Floral diagrams; 3. Floral diagrams used in this book; 4. Systematic significance of floral diagrams; 5. Conclusions; 6. References; 7. Glossary; Index.

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Louis P. Ronse De Craene is Director of the MSc course on the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. His research interests include the morphology and evolution of flowers and encompass a broad range of angiosperm families. He is an associate editor for the international journal Plant Systematics and Evolution.

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