Early Events in Monocot Evolution:Part of Systematics Association Special Volume Series


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  • Author: Wilkin, P. & Mayo, S.J. (eds.)
  • Date Pub: 2013
  • ISBN: 9781107012769
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  • The first detailed modern account of the early evolution of the monocots, a plant group of major ecological, economic and horticultural importance which includes grasses, cereals, palms, orchids and yams
  • Leading scientists in the field provide up-to-date reviews, showing readers how iconic plants like orchids, lilies and palms originated from largely aquatic ancestors
  • Includes the first survey of early monocot fossils and the new insights they yield on the evolution of flowering plants, providing an accessible account of the latest advances in this rapidly developing field
  • Tracing the evolution of one of the most ancient major branches of flowering plants, this is a wide-ranging survey of state-of-the-art research on the early clades of the monocot phylogenetic tree. It explores a series of broad but linked themes, providing for the first time a detailed and coherent view of the taxa of the early monocot lineages, how they diversified and their importance in monocots as a whole. Featuring contributions from leaders in the field, the chapters trace the evolution of the monocots from largely aquatic ancestors. Topics covered include the rapidly advancing field of monocot fossils, aquatic adaptations in pollen and anther structure and pollination strategies and floral developmental morphology. The book also presents a new plastid sequence analysis of early monocots and a review of monocot phylogeny as a whole, placing in an evolutionary context a plant group of major ecological, economic and horticultural importance.

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    378 pages
    253 x 192 x 22 mm
    88 b/w illus. 40 colour illus. 9 tables

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