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An ordinal classification for the families of flowering plants
Recent cladistic analyses are revealing the phylogeny of flowering plants in increasing detail, and there is support for the monophyly of many major groups above the family level. With many elements
On the Proteaceae—the evolution and classification of a southern family*
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It is concluded that the Proteaceae has no close relatives, although it possibly diverged early from the Rosiflorean line, and its members were probably trees of mesothermic closed forests.
Hydatellaceae identified as a new branch near the base of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree
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It is shown that Hydatellaceae, a small family of dwarf aquatics that were formerly interpreted as monocots, are instead a highly modified and previously unrecognized ancient lineage of angiosperms, indicating that water lilies are part of a larger lineage that evolved more extreme and diverse modifications for life in an aquatic habitat than previously recognized.
Assembling the Tree of the Monocotyledons: Plastome Sequence Phylogeny and Evolution of Poales1
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The results of an initial project by the Monocot AToL (Angiosperm Tree of Life) team on phylogeny and evolution in Poales are presented, using sequence data for 81 plastid genes from 83 species of angiosperms and recovered highly concordant relationships using maximum likelihood (ML) and maximum parsimony (MP).
Interfamilial Relationships in Myrtales: Molecular Phylogeny and Patterns of Morphological Evolution
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The rbcL sequences of 50 taxa were analyzed using parsimony and maximum likelihood to provide a phylogenetic hypothesis of intraordi- nal relationships in Myrtales and suggest branch support for the basal split of Myrtale is weak.
CONTRASTING PATTERNS OF RADIATION IN AFRICAN AND AUSTRALIAN RESTIONACEAE
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Testing the prediction that the evolution of the species richness in the two areas followed a similar temporal progression by comparing the rates of lineage accumulation for African and Australian Restionaceae suggests that this acceleration in the speciation rate continued in the African clade, whereas the Australian clade retained a constant diversification rate.
Another look at the root of the angiosperms reveals a familiar tale.
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This work challenges the conclusion of Goremykin et al. that the first flowering plants were aquatic and herbaceous, reasserting that even if Amborella + water lilies, or water lilies alone, are sister to the rest of the angios perms, the earliest angiosperms were not necessarily aquatic and/or herbaceous.
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