C4 photosynthetic modifications in the evolutionary transition from land to water in aquatic grasses

@article{Keeley1998C4PM,
  title={C4 photosynthetic modifications in the evolutionary transition from land to water in aquatic grasses},
  author={Jon E. Keeley},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1998},
  volume={116},
  pages={85-97}
}
Cladistic analysis supports the conclusion that the Orcuttieae tribe of C4 grasses reflect evolution from a terrestrial ancestry into seasonal pools. All nine species in the tribe exhibit adaptations to the aquatic environment, evident in the structural characteristics of the juvenile foliage, which persist submerged for 1–3 months prior to metamorphosis to the terrestrial foliage. Aquatic leaves of the least derived or basal genus Neostapfia have few morphological and anatomical… CONTINUE READING
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