The Anatomy Of Palms: Arecaceae - Palmae

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

byP. Barry Tomlinson, James W. Horn, Jack B. Fisher

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Palms are an economically important group of plants and support major agronomic and horticultural industries, quite apart from their regional use in the cultures of many tropical countries as sources of food, fibre, and building materials. Although easily recognized and limited by a lack ofsecondary growth, they range widely in size, life form, and habitat. The Anatomy of Palms provides an extensive survey of the structure and vegetative anatomy of members of the palm family (Arecaceae or Palmae) and uses the most recent molecular phylogenetic treatment of the family as the basis forinterpreting the systematic and ecological significance of anatomical characters. The first section (Palm Structure) starts with a description of the often distinctive anatomical techniques used, followed by the principles of palm development, a series of chapters on the microscopic anatomy of all the main organs, and finally an analysis of how these structures might haveevolved. The second section (Systematic Anatomy) documents the systematic anatomical variation found in the subfamilies, tribes, and subtribes. The internal structure of all vegetative organs is reviewed, although lamina anatomy is emphasized. In those cases where genera are anatomicallydistinctive, they are described in detail. The intrinsic novelty of this approach is the innovative synthesis of the latest structural information for all genera of palms, set in a contemporary molecular phylogenetic context.

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Palms are an economically important group of plants and support major agronomic and horticultural industries, quite apart from their regional use in the cultures of many tropical countries as sources of food, fibre, and building materials. Although easily recognized and limited by a lack ofsecondary growth, they range widely in size, ...

P. Barry Tomlinson is a Graduate (BSc and PhD) of the University of Leeds, with graduate study at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has subsequently held appointments in Singapore, West Africa, and South Florida (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) before moving to Harvard University. Teaching activity has been based on a broad resear...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pagesPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart 1. Introduction to Palm Structure1. Anatomical Methods2. Palm Structure and Classification3. Leaf Lamina4. Leaf Axis5. Stem6. Root7. Vascular Tissues and Cell Inclusions8. Spines9. Molecular Phylogeny and Character EvolutionPart 2. Systematic Anatomy of Palms10. Calamoideae11. Nypoideae12. Coryphoideae13. Ceroxyloideae14. ArecoideaeBibliographyIndex