What is a Plant (Plantae)?

Discussion in 'Plants: Nomenclature and Taxonomy' started by Carnby, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. Carnby

    Carnby Active Member 10 Years

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    The new cladistic analyses have stated that there is a clade called Archaeplastida which contains all the photosyntetic living beings which contains plastid coming from endosymbiotic cyanobacteria. Inside this one there is another one called Chloroplastida (or Chorobionta or Viridiplantae) which contains beings with green plastids and with chlorophyll a and b and again inside this one there is another clade which is called Embryophyta (or Cormophyta) which contains only multicellular land plants.
    Some sources such as Sina et al. 2005 give this one the name of Plantae, whereas other authors think that plants should include also other living beings. The most inclusive one is Archaeplastida, the less inclusive one is Embryophyta. What do you think about?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Do you have a web reference or two as a starting point? Perhaps something on the Tree of Life?
     
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    Carnby Active Member 10 Years

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    I prefer academic papers than websites, here is a paper by Adl which should explain what I say.
     

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