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Green plants : their origin and diversity
Bell, Peter R. (Peter Robert), 1920-2009.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
vii, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QK45.2 .B46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The central theme of Green Plants, first published in 2000, is the astonishing diversity of forms found in the plant kingdom, from the simplicity of prokaryotic algae to the myriad complexities of flowering plants. The book is arranged according to generally accepted classification schemes, beginning with algae (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) and moving through mosses, liverworts, fern allies, ferns and gymnosperms to flowering plants. Copiously illustrated throughout, it provides a concise account of all algae and land plants, with information on topics from cellular structure to life cycles and reproduction. The authors maintain a refreshingly cautious approach in discussions of possible phylogenetic relationships and include newly emerging information on features of plants known only as fossils. This edition has been completely updated to reflect current views on the origin of the major groups of plants, providing a resource for students of botany, and for researchers needing a comprehensive reference to the plant kingdom.

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Bell (University College, London) and Hemsley (Univ. of Wales, Cardiff) provide a relatively compact treatment of plant diversity. The first chapter is an overview of the general features of plants, primarily from a structural perspective. The next three chapters are devoted to the algae, and the remaining five discuss land plants. The figures include black-and-white photographs and simple (but informative) line drawings of structural features of plant groups. Life cycles of plants are not emphasized, but perspectives from paleobotany and recent work on plant cladistics are considered. The writing is a bit dry but straightforward, and there is a glossary. This book can be used as a resource for botany students or in any other situation where students need to learn about plant diversity. Undergraduates. J. Z. Kiss Miami University

Table of Contents

1 General features of the plant kingdom
2 The subkingdom algae - part 1
3 The subkingdom algae - part 2
4 The subkingdom algae - part 3
5 The subkingdom embrophyta - bryophyta
6 The subkingdom embrophyta - Tracheophyta, part 1
7 The subkingdom embrophyta - Tracheophyta, part 2
8 The subkingdom embrophyta - Tracheophyta, part 3
9 The subkingdom embrophyta - Tracheophyta, part 4
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