Numerical Taxonomic Evaluation of the Taxonomic Value of Character Suites in Tillandsia L

  • Sue Gardner
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 1)


The selection of characters on which to base classifications is of primary interest to taxonomists. Those working with flowering plants commonly favor the characteristics of reproductive parts since they exhibit determinate development and are thought to be less subject to enviromental modification. Numerical pheneticists, on the other hand, are more likely to use a large number of characters from as many organs as possible (Sneath and Sokal, 1973).


Numerical Taxonomy Qualitative Character Principal Component Analysis Plot Floral Character Reproductive Part 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue Gardner
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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