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Das Pflanzenreich Regni vegetabilis conspectus

Nature volume 85, pages 302303 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



THIS volume forms the fortieth part of the great series of monographs in course of publication under Dr. Engler's editorship. It comprises the family Papaveracese as understood in the restricted sense, that is, without the Fumariaceæ; the account of these will be issued subsequently as Papaveraceæ-Fumarioideæ. The special portion of the work, the systematic treatment of genera and species, is preceded by a general account of the family occupying eighty-three pages, in which Dr. Fedde discusses the morphology and anatomy of the vegetative organs, with special reference to the value for systematic purposes of the anatomical characters; the position of the laticiferous vessels and the character of the latex is found most helpful in this respect. The floral structure and its modifications are discussed at considerable length, and also the fruit, especially the various mechanisms of dehiscence. There is also a useful section on geographical distribution, a discussion of the affinities of the family, and an account of its economic uses.

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