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National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 185–189 | Cite as

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group Classification in Fourth Iteration: Its Future Impact in India

  • Dharmendra Singh RawatEmail author
  • Bhupendra Singh Bhandari
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Abstract

The communication discusses major changes in the new version of APG classification and its adoption in India. APG IV has further stabilized with addition of 2 informal groups, 5 new orders, 10 new families, re-circumscription of 20 earlier families and reduction in number of unplaced taxa. A comparison of APG versions with 4 recent individual classifications proves it more stable. A circle-in-circle diagram and a simplified cladogram of the classification are devised to make it easy to understand. Adoption of APG IV is visible in the world but Indian taxonomic institutions are sceptical for its changing nature. In a country where Linnaean Taxonomy is dominant, species richness is high, flora is incompletely explored and published, adoption of APG classification in flora or herbaria will jeopardize the progress. It seems that morphological taxonomy will remain dominant and APG IV will be mainly a topic of classroom teaching in India.

Keywords

Angiosperms APG IV Clades Cladistic classification Families Orders Taxonomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dharmendra Singh Rawat
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bhupendra Singh Bhandari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesCBSH, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyH.N.B. Garhwal UniversitySrinagar, GarhwalIndia

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