Flower-like heads from flower-like meristems: pseudanthium development in Davidia involucrata (Nyssaceae)

  title={Flower-like heads from flower-like meristems: pseudanthium development in Davidia involucrata (Nyssaceae)},
  author={Regine Classen-Bockhoff and Melanie Arndt},
  journal={Journal of Plant Research},
Flower-like inflorescences (pseudanthia) have fascinated botanists for a long time. [] Key Result With ongoing FUM expansion new space is generated which is immediately used by further FM fractionation. The heads have only staminate flowers or are andromonoecious with staminate and a single perfect flower in oblique position. All FMs lack perianth structures and fractionate a variable number of stamen primordia.
The ‘Male Flower’ of Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae) Interpreted as a Multi-Flowered Unit
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Floral development: re-evaluation of its importance
A review and five regular papers in this issue re-evaluate the importance of floral development and shed light on its essential linkage with the evolution of flower morphology.
Don't be fooled: false flowers in Asteraceae.
Reference gene and small RNA data from multiple tissues of Davidia involucrata Baill
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New year’s greetings 2019 from the Journal of Plant Research
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This symposium shed light on the subject’s importance and essential linkage with flower morphology, and published a virtual issue, “Alpine and subalpine plant communities: importance of plant growth, reproduction, and community assemblage processes for changing environments”, edited by Dr. Koichi Takahashi.


Flower-like terminal structures in racemose inflorescences: a tool in morphogenetic and evolutionary research.
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Is LEAFY a useful marker gene for the flower–inflorescence boundary in the Euphorbia cyathium?
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Developmental conditions for terminal flower production in apioid umbellets
Since weaker and smaller individuals use to bear open umbellets, it is assumed that the relative nourishment conditions of the plants have an effect on the apical meristems geometry, that in turn would be capable or not to merge into a terminal flower.
The unique pseudanthium of Actinodium (Myrtaceae) - morphological reinvestigation and possible regulation by CYCLOIDEA-like genes
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Floral development and evolution of capitulum structure in Anacyclus (Anthemideae, Asteraceae).
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Inflorescence and floral ontogeny in asteraceae: A synthesis of historical and current concepts
The interpretation that all floral events on the capitulum take place in an acropetal or centripetal sequence is widely accepted, but many contradictory examples have been found. A non-acropetal
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Evolutionary Co-Option of Floral Meristem Identity Genes for Patterning of the Flower-Like Asteraceae Inflorescence1
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