AlismatanaeWilliam J. Hahn
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The pondweeds and relatives are almost exclusively aquatic or marine and show numerous specializations for this habitat. Many of these features are reductions in form which have confounded attempts at phylogenetic resolution for the group (Dahlgren and Rasmussen, 1983; Les and Haynes, 1995). The superorder includes 15 families, 56 genera, and approximately 500 species.
Morphological synapomorphies for the alismatids include presence of intravaginal squamulae, lack of an endosperm, and root hair cells shorter than epidermal cells. (Dahlgren and Rasmussen, 1983; Dahlgren et al, 1985; Dalgren and Bremer, 1985).
This reconstruction is taken from Les and Haynes (1995) and is based on rbcL data.
Dahlgren, RMT & K Bremer. 1985. Major clades of the angiosperms. Cladistics 1: 349-368.
Dahlgren, RMT, HT Clifford, & PF Yeo. 1985. The Families of the Monocotyledons. 520 pp. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Dahlgren, RMT, & F Rassmussen. 1983. Monocotyledon evolution. Characters and phylolgenetic estimation. Evol. Biol. 16: 255-395.
Les, DH & RR Haynes. 1995. Systematics of subclass Alismatidae: A synthesis of approaches. pp 353-377 in PJ Rudall, PJ Cribb, DF Cutler, & CJ Humphries (eds). Monocotyledons: systematics and evolution. Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
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