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Some Aspects of the Classification and Evolution of Higher Taxa

  • K. Kubitzki
Part of the Plant Systematics and Evolution / Entwicklungsgeschichte und Systematik der Pflanzen book series (SYSTEMATICS, volume 1)

Abstract

It is shown that a fully phylogenetic classification of the flowering plants, though not impossible in principle, is hard to attain at present because of the absence of any precise cladistic information about this plant group. The unwarranted confusion of grades and clades imposes a strongly typological element upon current systems intended to be phylogenetic. A plea is made for a striving after an understanding of the functional significance of characters which is indispensable for aiming at a true understanding of evolutionary processes and pathways.

Keywords

Flowering Plant High Taxon Phylogenetic Classification Primitive Character Double Fertilization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kubitzki
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine Botanik und Botanischer GartenUniversität HamburgHamburg 36Federal Republic of Germany

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