Progress and prospects in reconstructing plant phylogeny

TitleProgress and prospects in reconstructing plant phylogeny
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsDonoghue MJ
JournalAnnals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Pagination405 - 418

Phylogeny reconstruction has become respectable science over the last few decades, and trees are accumulating rapidly in the literature. Botanists have been active in this effort and can already cite success stories (e.g., recognition of streptophytes, stomatophytes, anthophytes, eudicots). Nevertheless, only a small number of problems have been addressed and some of these have resisted solution. To solve the toughest problems, especially those involving ancient, rapid radiations, various sources of data will need to be combined, including evidence from fossils. Furthermore, in view of limitations in analyzing data sets with many taxa, more attention must be paid to the consequences of different taxon sampling strategies and to how large, variable taxa can be represented in more inclusive studies.