Plant Systematics

By

  • Michael Simpson, San Diego State University, California, U.S.A.

Plant Systematics has made a substantial contribution to plant systematics courses at the upper-undergraduate and first year graduate level. This second edition continues to provide the basis for teaching an introduction to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants. A foundation of the approach, methods, research goals, evidence, and terminology of plant systematics are presented along with the most recent knowledge of evolutionary relationships of plants and practical information vital to the field.

In this second edition, the author includes greatly expanded treatments of families of lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants (all with full-color plates), a new chapter on species concepts and the role of systematics in conservation biology, and a new appendix summarizing basic statistical and morphometric techniques used in plant systematics studies.  An explanation of maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference algorithms is included in methods of phylogenetic inference, and chapters on morphology and plant nomenclature have been augmented with new material.   

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Audience

Graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, plant anatomy, and ecology; scientists and researchers in any of the plant sciences

 

Book information

  • Published: July 2010
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374380-0

Reviews

Praise for the first edition: "This publication, many years in the making, represents a masterly treatment of vascular plant groups and the principles of plant systematics as well as incorporating the latest concepts in phylogenetics and methodologies. It is erudite and most importantly - user friendly, especially students. This text will serve as the standard for many years to come." - Botanical Society of America




Table of Contents

UNIT I SYSTEMATICS
Chapter 1 Plant Systematics: an Overview
Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Systematics

UNIT II EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF PLANTS
Chapter 3 Evolution and Diversity of Green and Land Plants
Chapter 4 Evolution and Diversity of Vascular Plants
Chapter 5 Evolution and Diversity of Woody and Seed Plants
Chapter 6 Evolution of Flowering Plants
Chapter 7 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Amborellales, Nymphaeales, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliids, Ceratophyllales, and Monocots
Chapter 8 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Eudicots

UNIT III SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMINOLOGY
Chapter 9 Plant Morphology
Chapter 10 Plant Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 11 Plant Embryology
Chapter 12 Palynology
Chapter 13 Plant Reproductive Biology
Chapter 14 Plant Molecular Systematics

UNIT IV RESOURCES IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS
Chapter 15 Plant Identification
Chapter 16 Plant Nomenclature
Chapter 17 Plant Collecting and Documentation
Chapter 18 Herbaria and Data Information Systems

UNIT V SPECIES CONCEPTS AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Chapter 19 Species and Conservation in Systematics

Appendix 1 Plant Description
Appendix 2 Botanical Illustrations
Appendix 3 Scientific Journals in Plant Systematics
Appendix 4 Statistics and Morphometrics in Plant Systematics

Glossary of terms
Index