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Phylogeny of the Genus Aniba Aubl.—A Comparative Morphological and Chemical Observation


EVOLUTIONARY progress in the plant kingdom is usually evaluated on a structural basis; only a few attempts have been made to utilize chemical facts in phylogenetic reasoning. The concomitant changes in the morphology and chemistry of Eucalyptus 1 and Callitris 2 species were studied by Baker and Smith. McNair correlated the evolutionary status of plant families with the chemistry of their constituents3,4.

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