Plant Systematics and Evolution - Supplementa

A Biosystematic Study of the African and Madagascan Rubiaceae-Anthospermeae

Authors: Puff, Christian

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Biosystematic studies on the Rubiaceae have a long tradition at the Institute of Botany in Vienna. Within this family the Anthospermeae, and especially its African and Madagascan members, are of particular interest because of several aspects in their evolution: I) Perfection of anemophily within an otherwise nearly exclusively zoophilous family; 2) transitions from hermaphrodity to polygamy and finally dioecy; 3) differentiation from large and long-lived shrubs to short-lived herbs; 4) adaptive radiation from humid to seasonally dry, fire-exposed and xeric habitats. However, morphological diversity linked to sexual differentia­ tion, modificatory plasticity, and eco-geographical polymorphism have for a long time hampered our understanding of the relationships among these African Anthospermeae. Thus, it was imperative to put special emphasis on field observations and to carry out a variety of experiments with cultivated plants in addition to the analysis of an enormous herbarium material. The author, for this reason, carried out extensive field work, often under very adverse conditions, and covered most African countries from Ethiopia to Southern Africa and twice visited Madagascar. In this way a multitude of data was accumulated on the group in respect to germination and growth form, vegetative and reproductive morphology, anatomy and biology, embryology, karyology, crossing relationships, phytochemistry, distribu­ tion and ecology, etc.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Biosystematic Study of the African and Madagascan Rubiaceae-Anthospermeae
Authors
Series Title
Plant Systematics and Evolution - Supplementa
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Wien
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag/Wien
eBook ISBN
978-3-7091-8851-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7091-8851-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7091-8853-8
Series ISSN
0172-6668
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 535
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