The Anther: Form, Function and Phylogeny

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 7, 1996 - Science - 351 pages
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Despite its significance in the reproductive cycle of flowering plants, and its importance in helping to interpret plant evolution, the stamen, and its fertile, pollen bearing part, the anther, have received relatively little scientific attention. To address this shortcoming, the contributors in this volume give an indication of the kinds of studies now being undertaken with a view to stimulating further work on this neglected plant organ. Traditional and current concepts of stamen construction, terminology and function are summarized, and an extensive bibliography gives access to relevant literature. New evidence for the evolution of the anther is drawn from the fossil record and from current studies of its growth and structure, and the dynamics of stamen evolution is detailed for several families.
 

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Contents

The fossil history of stamens
25
The origin and early evolution of angiosperm stamens
58
Diversity and evolutionary trends in angiosperm
92
Are stamens and carpels homologous?
111
Heterochrony in the anther
118
Diversity of endothecial patterns in the angiosperms
136
The calcium oxalate package or socalled resorption
159
Anther adaptations in animal pollination
192
Anther differentiation in the Asclepiadaceae
221
Stamen structure and development in legumes with
236
a review of methods
255
A bibliography of stamen morphology and anatomy
272
Index
337
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