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Plant Speciation

Kathleen M. Kay, Kimiora L. Ward, Lorna R. Watt and Douglas W. Schemske

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268357.003.0004
Plant Speciation

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The world's serpentine regions are known for their striking levels of endemism and the distinctive flora they possess relative to surrounding areas. Although much work has been done to catalog the plant diversity on serpentine, including taxonomic, morphological, and physiological diversity, relatively little has been done to understand the evolutionary origins of serpentine species. This chapter evaluates the theory and evidence for the mechanisms of plant speciation on serpentine. It highlights the contributions that studies of serpentine plants have made to the general understanding of speciation processes, suggests directions for future research, and calls for efforts to conserve serpentine habitats and the unique opportunities they provide for ecological and evolutionary studies.

Keywords: serpentine species; serpentine plants; conservation; serpentine habitats

Chapter.  10112 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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