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Plant Systematics

A Phylogenetic Approach

Fourth Edition

Walter S. Judd, Christopher S. Campbell, Elizabeth A. Kellogg, Peter F. Stevens, and Michael J. Donoghue

November 2015

ISBN: 9781605353890

677 pages

In Stock

Price: £132.99

A comprehensive introduction to vascular plant phylogeny. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

A comprehensive introduction to vascular plant phylogeny, the fourth edition of Plant Systematics reflects changes in the circumscription of several families in order to represent monophyletic groups, following the classification of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (and recent phylogenetic analyses).

  • The authors follow a phylogenetic approach throughout (as opposed to a phenetic or evolutionary taxonomic/eclectic approach).
  • The text is copiously illustrated, using in large part the informative analytical drawings developed as part of the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States project.

New to this edition

  • Chapter 2, Methods and Principles of Biological Systematics, has been completely rewritten with information on molecular (DNA-based) systematics now fully integrateda change required by the increasing importance of molecular methods in the construction of phylogenetic hypotheses.
  • Sections on speciation and species concepts have been rewritten to incorporate extensive recent research on these topics.
  • Extensive revisions to 13 families that have undergone significant changes in circumscription have been implemented, and several familial clades are for the first time included in the book.
  • Higher-level phylogenetic relationships have been updated on the basis of recently published analyses, and these relationships are reflected in the authors use of names.
  • Updates to all chapters and to nearly all cladograms take into account recent taxonomic methods and hypotheses. In addition, several new cladograms and figures have been added.
  • A greatly expanded online Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants includes over 9,700 photographs illustrating the diagnostic characters and morphological diversity of each of the familial clades covered in the textbook. The photos also include taxa of both temperate and tropical distribution, economically important species, and examples of important anatomical characteristics.

About the Author(s)

Walter S. Judd, University of Florida, Christopher S. Campbell, University of Maine, Elizabeth A. Kellogg, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Peter F. Stevens, University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Michael J. Donoghue, Yale University

Walter S. Judd is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Florida. Christopher S. Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Maine. Elizabeth A. Kellogg is a Member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Peter F. Stevens is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Michael J. Donoghue is Yale University's Sterling Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Botany at the Peabody Museum.

Table of Contents

    1:The Science of Plant Systematics
    2:Methods and Principles of Biological Systematics
    3:Classification and System in Flowering Plants: Historical Background
    4:Taxonomic Evidence: Structural and Biochemical Characters
    5:The Evolution of Plant Diversity
    6:An Overview of Green Plant Phylogeny
    7:Lycophytes, Ferns, and Gymnosperms
    8:Phylogenetic Relationships of Angiosperms

Additional Resources

For Students

The Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants has been greatly expanded for the fourth edition of Plant Systematics, and is now available online. Over 9,700 color photos illustrating the diagnostic characters of (and variability within) the vascular plant families covered in the text, including many images showing floral and fruit dissections, are now included in the site. The Photo Gallery also includes an illustrated glossary of plant terminology. Each new textbook includes an access code for the site, and access may also be purchased separately.

For Instructors

The Plant Systematics Instructor's Resource Library includes a collection of visual resources from the textbook for use in preparing lectures and other course materials. The textbook figures have all been sized and formatted for optimal legibility when projected. The IRL includes all textbook figures, tables, and floral formulas in JPEG (both high- and low-resolution) and PowerPoint formats.

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