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Understanding Flowers and Flowering, Second Edition

Beverley Glover


This book takes a uniquely integrated approach to the study of floral biology. Flowers are the beautiful and complex reproductive structures of the angiosperms, one of the most diverse and successful groups of living organisms. The underlying thesis of this book is that to fully understand flower development (and why flowers differ in shape, structure and colour), it is necessary to understand why it is advantageous for them to look like they do. Conversely, in order to fully understand plant ecology, it is necessary to appreciate how floral structures develop and have evolved. Uniquely, this ... More

Keywords: evo-devo, floral transition, angiosperm, floral symmetry, flower colour, flower evolution, plant breeding system, pollination syndrome, pollinator

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beverley Glover, author
Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

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Front Matter

Section I Introduction

Section II The Molecular Mechanisms of Flowering: Induction and Development

Part A Induction of Flowering

Part B Development of Flowers

Section III Pollination Success: Molecular and Ecological Interactions

Part A How and Why Does Floral Form Vary?

Part B The Influence of Pollinators on Floral Form