Paleontological Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 1393–1404 | Cite as

Association of vegetative and reproductive organs of platanoids (Angiospermae): significance for systematics and phylogeny

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Abstract

Some examples of association between platanoid leaves and various reproductive structures are considered. The expediency of determining dispersed Cretaceous platanoid leaves using a morphological system that is independent of the system of modern plants is discussed. It is confirmed that leaf structures are more conservative than reproductive organs. It is proposed that, in the geological past, there was a polymorphic group that was probably represented by extinct families which gave rise to modern families (in particular, Platanaceae and Hamamelidaceae).

Key words

Vegetative and reproductive plant organs Platanaceae Hamamelidaceae principles of systematics and phylogeny 

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  1. 1.Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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