Comparative Morphology, Anatomy, and Function of the Stem and Root of the Flowering Plants

  • William C. Dickison
Part of the Progress in Botany/Fortschritte der Botanik book series (BOTANY, volume 58)


This chapter provides a survey of recent research progress covering the morphology and anatomy of the stem and root of angiosperms (see Dickison 1992, 1994 for previous reviews in this Series). This is not intended as a comprehensive literature review discussing all that is known about these topics; rather, this new chapter was written to provide a broad overview of selected literature that updates the progress that has been made in these fields over the past 2 or 3 years. The major emphasis is on shoot and root architecture and biomechanics, as well as structures, evolution, and function. The vast literature covering fossil plants, tissue culture, cytology, the phloem, the periderm, and regional, purely descriptive, or applied stem and wood anatomy is not dealt with. Also, the rapidly accumulating literature focusing on morphology and anatomy at the level of molecular genetics is neglected.


Lateral Root Plant Cell Environ Comparative Morphology Adventitious Root Formation Vessel Element 
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