Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995, XII, 367 p.
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This volume contains the papers and posters contributed to the International Conference "Systematics and Evolution of the Ranunculiflorae" held on 10/11 September 1994 at Bayreuth/Germany. These contributions deal, on different systematic level s and in different contexts, with virtually all taxa contained in the group, explore a wide array of characters employed for the classification of higher plants, and also discuss aspects of the biology of the plants in question. After the consideration of the entire Ranunculiflorae, emphasis is place d on the Papaveraceae s. l. , Lardizabalaceae, Ranunculaceae and Berberidaceae including various segregate genera. Unfortunately little new information was presented for the M enispermaceae apart from their possible phylogenetic position within the group. This certainly illustrates our unbalanced knowledge of reasonably small temperate versus large tropical flowering plant families, and emphasizes the need for intensified research in the latter. The particular strength of this volume is the combination ofmorphological and molecular evidence used for the understanding of the phylogeny of the Ranunculi fiorae and its constituent famihes. On a theoretieal basis the issue of data combina tion is addressed by BANDELT. Following an introduction into the history of the concept of the Ranunculiflorae (Ranunculidae, Ranunculanae) and its problems by KUBITZKI, comparative interpre tations of wood anatomy (CARLQUIST), sieve-element plastids and phloem proteins (BEHNKE), epicuticular wax structure (BARTHLOTT & THEISEN), floral structure and floral biology (ENDRESS), structure of the androecium (RONSE DECRAENE & SMETS), palynology (BLACKMORE & al.
Ranunculiflorae-delimitation, phylogeny, diversification.- Wood anatomy of Ranunculiflorae: a summary.- Sieve-element plastids, phloem proteins, and the evolution of the Ranunculanae.- Epicuticular wax ultrastructure and classification of Ranunculiflorae.- Floral structure and evolution in Ranunculanae.- Evolution of the androeciumin the Ranunculiflorae.- Palynology and systematics of Ranunculiflorae.- Comparative seed structure in the Ranunculiflorae.- Secondary compounds of the Ranunculiflorae.- Ordinal and familial relationships of Ranunculid genera.- Inter-familial relationships in the Ranunculidae based on molecular systematics.- The phylogeny of the Papaveraceae sensu lato: morphological, geographical and ecological implications.- Three intercontinental disjunctions in Papaveraceae subfamily Chelidonioideae: evidence from chloroplast DNA.- Rapid radiation of North American desert genera of the Papaveraceae: Evidence from restriction site mapping of PCR-amplified chloroplast DNA fragments.- Molecular phylogeny of the Old World representatives of Papaveraceae subfamily Papaveroideae with special emphasis on the genus Meconopsis.- Serotaxonomical investigation in the Papaverales.- Phylogeny of Corydalis, ITS and morphology.- The position of Circaeaster-evidence from nuclear ribosomal DNA.- Phylogenetic relationships of the Lardizabalaceae and Sargentodoxaceae: Chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequence evidence.- Phylogeny and classification of the Ranunculaceae.- Embryo morphology of the Ranunculaceae.- Serological legumin data and the phylogeny of the Ranunculaceae.- Fatty acid patterns of Ranunculaceae seed oils: phylogenetic relationships.- Phylogeny of the Ranunculaceae based on preliminary atpB, rbcL and 18S nuclear ribosomal DNA sequence data.- A revised chloroplast DNA phylogeny of the Ranunculaceae.- Phylogenetic relationships of some genera in the Ranunculaceae based on alcohol dehydrogenase genes.- Systematics and phylogeny of the Ranunculaceae-a revised family concept on the basis of molecular data.- Numerical taxonomy of the Ranunculaceae.- Evolutionary trends and patterns in the Anemoninae.- Phylogenetic relationships in Anemone (Ranunculaceae) based on DNA restriction site variation and morphology.- Cloning, sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis of a legumin cDNA of Hepatica nobilis (Ranunculaceae).- Differentiation patterns in Ranunculus subgenus Batrachium (Ranunculaceae).- Phenology and pollination biology of five Ranunculus species in Central Germany.- Pollination of Nigella arvensis (Ranunculaceae) (film presentation).- Phylogeny and inflorescences of Berberidaceae- a morphological survey.- Phylogenetic implications of chloroplast DNA variation in the Berberidaceae.- Phylogenetic relationships of the Berberidaceae based on partial sequences of the gapA gene.- Combination of data in phylogenetic analysis.- Listed in Current Contents.