Plant Systematics: An Integrated Approach, Fourth Edition

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CRC Press, Jun 7, 2019 - Science - 552 pages

This fourth edition of Plant Systematics is completely revised and updated. It incorporates the updated International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (Shenzhen Code, 2018), the new version of PhyloCode (Beta version of Phylocode 5, 2014), APweb version 14 (September, 2018), revised Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification (APG IV, 2016), new Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group Classification (PPG I, 2016), besides the updates since the publication of third edition.

The book is a blend of classical fundamental aspects and recent developments, especially in the field of molecular systematics, cladistics and computer identification. Special attention has been given to information on botanical nomenclature, identification, molecular systematics and phylogeny of angiosperms. The complicated concepts of phylogeny, taxometrics and cladistics have been explained with a view to providing a comparison between these diverse but interactive fields of study. An attempt has been made to build upon a common example when exploring different methods, especially in procedures of identification, taxometrics and cladistics. The major systems of classification are evaluated critically. Discussion on major families of Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms, especially those of major phylogenetic interest, form a major portion of this edition. The ebook includes nearly 500 color photographs set out in 36 pages covering plants from different parts of the world. In addition, 305 black & white illustrations have been included to provide a better understanding of the plants covered in the book.

 

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Contents

Plants Taxonomy and Systematics
1
Descriptive Terminology
12
Process of Identification
40
Taxonomic Evidence
69
Hierarchical Classification
115
Botanical Nomenclature
122
Variation Biosystematics Population Genetics and Evolution
146
Numerical and Cladistic Methods
163
Systems of Classification
227
Families of Pteridophytes
274
Families of Gymnosperms
291
Major Families of Angiosperms
307
References
494
Index
519
About the Author
551
Copyright

Phylogeny of Angiosperms
202

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About the author (2019)

Gurcharan Singh is a practicing taxonomist with experience in the floristics and phytosociology of NW Himalayas and the general nomenclatural subject. He also has knowledge on the Floristics of SW United States, mainly California plants. Now retired, after nearly 40 years of experience in teaching taxonomy, ecology and environment at University of Delhi, India. He has published 42 research papers, including those on new species and nomenclatural changes. He has also authored 14 books. He is presently engaged in developing an online database that will help in online identification and providing guidance in various online forums.

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