Floral Biology

  • S. Vogel
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Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 3)

Abstract

Having ranked for a long time as a taxonomic equivalent of the dicots, the monocots are now considered as representing a clade nested within the basal dicotyledonous angiosperms. Nevertheless, the monocotyledonous clade stands out from all the remaining angiosperm lineages by both its uniformity on the one hand and its high degree of diversity on the other: shoot organization, leaf structure, and the conformation of floral organs are much more homogeneous than within most dicotyledons. In contrast, diversification into a wealth of vegetative life styles, as well as pollination systems, even if based on a relatively stereotypic fundamental construction mode, appear to repeat, and equate, the diversification of the rest of the angiosperms together. This reflects the enormous evolutionary potential and success of the group which, in terms of species number, accounts for almost one fourth of the flowering plants.

Keywords

Explosive Cretaceous Carotenoid Triad Pectin 

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