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The Anatomy of PalmsArecaceae - Palmae$
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P. Barry Tomlinson, James W. Horn, and Jack B. Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558926.001.0001

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Subfamily Coryphoideae

Subfamily Coryphoideae

Chapter:
(p.117) Subfamily Coryphoideae
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The Anatomy of Palms
Author(s):

P. Barry Tomlinson

James W. Horn

Jack B. Fisher

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558926.003.0012

The Coryphoideae constitute the second largest subfamily of Arecaceae with respect to the number of genera and the third with regard to number of species. Within Coryphoideae, anatomical data is of greatest systematic significance among the tribal clades and within less inclusive levels of hierarchy. There are no unequivocal anatomical synapomorphies that support the relationships among the major clades. Analyses of most characters reveal substantially homoplasious histories, but nevertheless they allow for the discovery of synapomorphies for many clades. This chapter highlights the characters of greatest systematic significance within each major clade. It discusses the anatomical features of the tribes Sabaleae, Cryosophileae, Phoeniceae, Trachycarpeae, Chuniophoeniceae, Caryoteae, Corypheae, and Borasseae.

Keywords:   palms, anatomical features, vegetative anatomy, Arecaceae, tribal clades, synapomorphies

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