Cambial Ontogeny (Storying, Paedomorphosis, Other Changes)

  • Sherwin Carlquist
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


A survey of comparative wood anatomy of dicotyledons might not seem suited to discussion of matters that are essentially developmental. However, different developmental pathways result in different outcomes. We cannot understand phenomena such as raylessness, cambial variants (“anomalous secondary growth”), and storying by viewing the end products alone. Even if one can characterize these end products, degrees of intermediacy in expression (e.g., storying of all wood elements versus storying of some) and the interrelationships between these expressions can only be meaningfully interpreted when placed in an ontogenetic context.


Perforation Plate Tracheary Element Secondary Xylem Vessel Element Juvenile Wood 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherwin Carlquist
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  1. 1.Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Pomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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