"Taxonomy: Evolution at Work" unfolds as a story explaining the strategies in which the different plant groups evolved over time and their struggle for survival by developing new and better characters. The problems faced by the primitive group of land plants are explained and the methods by which the plants intelligently outwitted the adversaries such as insects, herbivores, parasites etc. or adverse environmental situations are described. The adaptations thus achieved by the plants made them an evolved taxon. The plants of this taxon, in turn, when faced by new unfavorable situations, elaborated still better characters and formed a third taxon. Similarly fourth, fifth and the n'th taxa evolved. All plant groups are described in terms of their successful adaptational characters (intelligence!) and the study of these processes is the study of "evolution at work" and this is precisely the subject of taxonomy.
M. Daniel.: Professor of Botany, Department of Botany The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
Preface / Evolution in Plant Kingdom: The First Plants / Bryophytes / Pteridophytes / Gymnosperms / Angiosperms / First Angiosperms / Evolution of Characters in Angiosperms: Evolution of Morphological Characters / Evolution of Anatomical Characters / Evolution of Embryological Characters / Evolution of Palynological Characters / Evolution of Cytological Characters / Evolution of Chemical Characters / A Bird's Eye View on the Evolution with in the Angiosperms / Interpretation of Bentham and Hooker's System from an Evolutionary View Point: Dicotyledons / Monocotyledons / A New Outline Classification of Magnoliophyta / Subclasses of Magnoliopsida: Magnoliidae, Hamamelidae and Caryophyllidae: Subclass Magnoliidae / Subclass Hamamelidae / Subclass Caryophyllidae / Subclasses of Magnoliopsida: Malvidae, Rutidae and Rosidae: Subclass Malvidae / Subclass Rutidae / Subclass Rosidae / Subclasses of Magnoliopsida: Ebenidae, Lamiidae and Asteridae: Subclass Ebenidae / Subclass Lamiidae / Subclass Asteridae / Subclasses of Liliopsida: Subclass Alismatidae / Subclass Arecidae / Subclass Cyperidae / Subclass Zingiberidae / Subclass Liliidae / Bibliography / Index.