J Syst Evol ›› 1995, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (4): 313-339.

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Hamamelidaceae: Geographic Distribution, Fossil History and Origin

Zhang Zhi-yun, Lu An-ming   

  • Published:1995-08-18

Abstract: The family Hamamelidaceae is one of the core (or key) groups for studying the phylogeny of Hamamelids. It is an important taxon for the palaeobotanists and the botanists in discussing the origin and early evolution of the angiosperms owing to its strong differentiation of gross and pollen morphological characters. In this paper, the systematic position, modern distribution pattern and fossil history of the genera are analyzed, and the place and time of origin of the family are discussed according to the principle of the unity between the phylogeny and distribution of plants. The paper consists four parts.

Key words: Hamamelidaceae, Geographic distribution, Fossil history, Origin