Originally published by Columbia University Press, 1997, entitled Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants. This edition is greatly revised and expanded.
2nd ed. 2009, XLV, 871 p.
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Written by one of the greatest botanists of the 20th century
Presents the author’s most recent last views and understanding of plant evolution
The author has a very wide following
Young scientists/students will appreciate the opportunity to learn the author’s views
Young scientists/students will see how Takhtajan’s system is used by other botanists
The book is certain to become a classic reference for a wide range of biologists, as well as phylogenists, taxonomists and paleobotanists
Armen Takhtajan is among the greatest authorities in the world on the evolution of plants. This book culminates almost sixty years of the scientist's research of the origin and classification of the flowering plants. It presents a continuation of Dr. Takhtajan’s earlier publications including "Systema Magnoliophytorum" (1987), (in Russian), and "Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants" (1997), (in English). In his latest book, the author presents a concise and significantly revised system of plant classification (`Takhtajan system') based on the most recent studies in plant morphology, embryology, phytochemistry, cytology, molecular biology and palynology. Flowering plants are divided into two classes: class Magnoliopsida (or Dicotyledons) includes 8 subclasses, 126 orders, c. 440 families, almost 10,500 genera, and no less than 195,000 species; and class Liliopsida (or Monocotyledons) includes 4 subclasses, 31 orders, 120 families, more than 3,000 genera, and about 65,000 species.This book contains a detailed description of plant orders, and descriptive keys to plant families providing characteristic features of the families and their differences.