by:  Lena Struwe, Victor A. Albert

A comprehensive review containing the first classification of the entire family to be published for over 100 years.

This volume provides a comprehensive review of the family, Gentianaceae, covering phylogeny, classification, biogeography, palynology, phytochemistry, and morphology, and also presents the first classification of the entire family to be published for over 100 years, generated using modern molecular- and morphology-based phylogenetic data. The volume places the Gentianaceae in context with its relatives in the order Gentianales and subclass Asteridae; presents an updated, phylogenetic classification of tribes, subtribes, and genera; investigates the corroborative value of morphological features in phylogenetic diagnoses; and comprehensively summarizes palynology, seed morphology, and phytochemistry.


About the Author:

Lena Struwe is a Research Associate in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies at the Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden. Her main research interests are the evolution and biogeography of the Gentianaceae, and also the order Gentianales, specifically the families Loganiaceae and Gelsemiaceae.
Victor A. Albert is Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Assistant Curator of the University of Alabama Herbarium at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. His research is broadly concerned with plant evolutionary biology, spanning a wide range of studies from gentian systematics, island biogeography, to understanding the molecular developmental basis for morphological novelty.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword
1 Gentianaceae in context 1
2 Systematics, character evolution, and biogeography of Gentianaceae, including a new tribal and subtribal classification 21
3 Cladistics of Gentianaceae: a morphological approach 310
4 Gentianaceae: a review of palynology 377
5 The seeds of Gentianaceae
6 Chemotaxonomy and pharmacology of Gentianaceae 573
Index 633