The bananas, gingers, and relatives.W. John Kress and William J. Hahn
This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.
The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.
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The gingers, bananas, and relatives form a clearly defined linage of monocots including 8 families, 88 genera, and approximately 2000 species.
Morphological synapomorphies for the clade include specialized isomorphic root hair cells, presence of silica bodies in cells, epigynous flowers, pollen grains without distinctive apertures and a reduced exine layer, nuclear endosperm development, and arillate seeds (Kress, 1990, 1995).
Kress, WJ 1995. Phylogeny of the Zingiberanae: Morphology and molecules. pp 443-460 in: PJ Rudall, PJ Cribb, DF Cutler, CJ Humphries (eds) Monocotyledons: systematics and evolution. Royal BOtanic Gardens, Kew.
Kress, WJ 1990. The phylogeny and classification of the Zingiberales. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 698-721.
Smith, JF, WJ Kress, and EA Zimmer. 1993. Phylogenetic analysis of the Zingiberales based on rbcL sequences. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 80: 620-630.
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Kress, W. John and William J. Hahn. 1997. Zingiberanae. The bananas, gingers, and relatives.. Version 01 January 1997 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Zingiberanae/21339/1997.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/