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Floral Morphology:

Naturevolume 140page132 (1937) | Download Citation



THE history of plant morphology shows a number of more or less distinct phases. The earliest phase was one of description, including the recognition of morphological categories and the introduction of terms. Later the idealistic concepts of Goethe laid the foundation of much that is still orthodox. With the advent of Darwinism, there commenced a long period of explanation in terms of use and, on the whole somewhat later, attempts to trace the evolution of organs. At the present time, all these earlier phases seem to be revived in a new interest in plant structure, with the introduction of certain new methods and theories.

Floral Morphology:

a New Outlook, with Special Reference to the Interpretation of the Gynæceum. By E. R. Saunders. Vol. 1. Pp. viii + 132. (Cambridge: W. Heffer and Sons, Ltd., 1937.) 3s. 6d. net.

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