Rs Taxonomy of Angiosperms. Taxonomy of Angiosperms. V. Kumaresan, Annie Ragland. ISBN Pages: Contents uction. Taxonomy of Angiosperms. Presents the principles and trends in the taxonomy of angiosperms. This book places stress on the definitions, methodology and concepts of taxonomy. It compares various systems of classifications and explains intricate rules of plant nomenclature. The different types of classification proposed by earlier taxonomists can be broadly categorized into three systems- artificial, natural and.


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TAXONOMY OF ANGIOSPERMS : Types of classification

This system is still continuing with eminent personalities like EnglerHutchinsonTakhtajan, Cronquist taxonomy of angiosperms, and many others. Thus, the principles have evolved through time. Taxa are properly established on the basis of multiple correlations of characters.

Taxonomic importance of a character is determined by how well it correlates with other characters. Taxonomy of angiosperms means that the taxonomic importance of a character is determined by a posteriori rather than a priori.

An important feature of taxonomy is its predative value. The most important principle of taxonomy is the multiple correlations of characters. To find out correlation of taxa with others, single character should not be considered, it should always be considered along with other characters.

The significance of a selected characters depends on the degree of correlation.

Characters with no distinct correlation with other characters is often accepted as an anomalous one and usually it is not important from the taxonomic point of view. Thus, the regular flower Taxonomy of angiosperms dulcis of Scrophulariaceae, exstipulate leaves Corculum leptopus of Polygonaceae, zygomorphic flower Taxonomy of angiosperms ajacis of Ranunculaceae and many such exceptional characters are taken as anomalous, because they are not correlated with common characters of taxa.

But the anomalous characters often help the taxa with other groups of plants where these same characters are normally available.

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The taxonomy includes identification, nomenclature and classification. According to Davis and Heywood the classification is achieved in four 4 different consecutive phases: In this phase, different plants of a taxon have to be collected throughout the world and identified.

In taxonomy of angiosperms phase, plant is studied both in field as well in the herbarium and a range of variations are evaluated. The new group or groups, if discovered, are taxonomy of angiosperms described.

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Thus a monograph is obtained. Biosystematic or Experimental Phase: The progress of this phase is very slow and it requires a team work rather than individual effort.

Encyclopaedic or Holotaxonomic Phase: This phase is a coordination of the taxonomy of angiosperms three phases. According to Turrill the classification is of two types: The first two phases i.

Flowering plant

The last two phases, i. The classifications of plants of these phases are called Omega classification or Omega taxonomy of angiosperms. An auxanometera device for measuring increase or rate of growth in plants InHofmeister discovered the changes occurring in the embryo-sac of flowering plants, and determined the correct relationships of these to the Cryptogamia.


This fixed the position of Gymnosperms as a class distinct taxonomy of angiosperms Dicotyledons, and the term Angiosperm then gradually taxonomy of angiosperms to be accepted as the suitable designation for the whole of the flowering plants other than Gymnosperms, including the classes of Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons.

This is the sense in which the term is used today.

In most taxonomies, the flowering plants are treated as a coherent group. The most popular descriptive name has been Angiospermae Angiospermswith Anthophyta "flowering plants" a second choice.