1. Introduction: flower morphology; 2. Floral diagrams; 3. Floral diagrams used in this book; 4. Systematic significance of floral diagrams; 5. Conclusions; 6. References; 7. Glossary; Index.
Dr Louis Ronse De Craene obtained an MSc at the University of Reading and a PhD at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and became attached to the laboratory of Systematics in Leuven as postdoctoral researcher. Since 2002, he has been director of the MSc course on the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. His research interests include the morphology and evolution of flowers and encompass a broad range of angiosperm families. His particular interests lie in floral ontogeny, an important tool in modern systematic research; he applies data from comparative morphology in a phylogenetic and evolutionary-developmental context, to address hypotheses on the evolution of floral forms and systematic relationships. As such he has built up an extensive expertise in floral structure and development. He is author of more than 80 publications, mostly in peer-reviewed international journals and is also an associate editor for the international journal Plant Systematics and Evolution.
'... a seemingly simple idea which has proved to be a powerful and effective way to describe and understand one of the great bounties of nature ... This volume comprises a modern treatment of this deceptively simple technique in the context of the latest developments in angiosperm evolution and taxonomy, including recent molecular and phylogenetic advances. ... a valuable and insightful resource for researchers, students and the general botanist.' The Biologist