Evolution of Monocots

Mary Barkworth stipoid at CC.USU.EDU
Sun Nov 17 12:58:02 EST 1996

Stebbins is the one author that I am aware of that attempted to look at the
circumstances under which monocots evolved.  Check out Stebbins, G.L.  1974.
Flowering Plants: Evolution above the species level.  Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press.  Pp. 312 starts a chapter on the evolution of the
Monocotyledons.  He states that the evolution of monocots involved a major
adaptive shift to wet (but not aquatic) conditions and explains the basis of
his opinion.  

Mary Barkworth
Intermountain Herbarium
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-5305

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