Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants / Edition 1

Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants / Edition 1

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Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants / Edition 1

This volume highlights the new synthesis of pollination biology and plant mating systems which is rejuvenating the two-hundred-year-old discipline of floral biology. It provides a current examination of the evolution and functional significance of floral traits in animal-pollinated plants, combining ecological and genetic studies with natural history approaches and theoretical modeling. Divided into three sections, the book begins with the first English translation of Christian Konrad. Sprengel's introduction to his classic work and a historical analysis of his observations. The second section addresses current conceptual problems in floral biology, concentrating on floral diversification, floral longevity, pollen dispersal and mating patterns, the ecology of geitonogamous pollination, and flower size dimorphism in plants with unisexual flowers. The final chapters of the book examine model systems and include the evolution of floral morphology and function, deceit pollination, reproductive success and gender variation, stylar polymorphisms, and the evolution of flowers in relation to insect pollinators on islands. With its a detailed treatment of the selective forces shaping floral diversification in animal-pollinated plants, Floral Biology provides ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and botanists with a wealth of current information. Everyone interested in the evolution of flowering plants will benefit from this timely, authoritative resource on the interactions between insects and plants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780412043413
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 12/31/1995
Edition description: 1996
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part One : Historical perspective: Discovery of the secret of nature in the structure and fertilization of flowers— C. K. Sprengel (translated by P. Haase); Christian Konrad Sprengel's theory of the flower: the cradle of floral ecology— S. Vogel; Part Two: Conceptual issues: Floral traits and plant adaptation to insect pollinators: a devil's advocate approach— C.M. Herrera; How do flowers diverge— P. Wilson and J.D. Thomson; Floral longevity: fitness consequences and resource costs— T.L. Ashman and D.J. Schoen; Pollen dispersal and mating patterns in animal-pollinated plants— L.D. Harder and S.C.H. Barrett; The ecology of geitonogamous pollination— A.A. Snow, T.P. Spira, R. Simpson, and R.A. Klips; Flower size dimorphism in plants with unisexual flowers— L.F. Delph; Part Three: Model systems: Evolution of floral morphology and function: an integrative approach to adaptation, constraint and compromise in Dalechampia (Euphorbiaceae)— W.S. Armbruster; The evolution of floral form: insights from an Alpine wildflower, Polemonium viscosum (Polemoniaceae)— C. Galen; Deceit pollination in the monoecious, neotropical herb Begonia oaxacana (Begoniaceae)— D.W. Schemske, J. Agren, and J. Le Corff; Reproductive success and gender variation in deceit-pollinated orchids— A.L. Fritz and L.A. Nilsson; Stylar polymorphisms and the evolution of heterostyly in Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae)— S.C.H. Barrett, D.G. Lloyd, and J. Arroyo; Evolution of Campanula flowers in relation to insect pollinators on islands— K. Inoue, M. Maki, and M. Masuda; Index.

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