Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach / Edition 3

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An introductory undergraduate text suitable for a course devoted to the systematics of angiosperms or vascular plants, requiring only a background in introductory botany or biology. Incorporates phylogenetic principles and methods throughout, from a careful explanation of basic methods and principles to the taxonomic survey of vascular plant families in the last two chapters. Orders and families are recircumscribed to represent monophyletic groups, largely following the most recent classification of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. Sources of taxonomic evidence are discussed, as well as molecular taxonomic methods and the history of plant classification. Botanical nomenclature and herbarium methods are covered in two appendixes. Abundantly illustrated and includes expanded CD-ROM containing over 2,200 photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Geared toward undergraduate students, this textbook incorporates recent developments and data (such as DNA sequences) and incorporates phylogenetic principles throughout<-->from the explanation of phylogenetic methods and principles to the taxonomic survey of vascular plant families. Topics include the history of plant classification; issues relating to variation in plant populations and species, including species concepts, hybridization and introgression; and the sources of taxonomic evidence, including morphology, anatomy, embryology, and chromosomes. The CD-ROM includes over 650 indexed color photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878934072
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 611
  • Sales rank: 509,097
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Science of Plant Systematics 1
2 Methods and Principles of Biological Systematics 13
3 Classification and System in Flowering Plants: Historical Background 41
4 Taxonomic Evidence: Structural and Biochemical Characters 55
5 Molecular Systematics 105
6 The Evolution of Plant Diversity 121
7 An Overview of Green Plant Phylogeny 153
8 Lycophytes, Ferns and Their Allies, and Extant Gymnosperms 185
9 Phylogenetic Relationships of Angiosperms 217
App. 1 Botanical Nomenclature 511
App. 2 Specimen Preparation and Identification 521
Glossary 535
Taxonomic Index 555
Subject Index 571
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