[Taxacom] paleodicots

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at uwosh.edu
Mon Feb 22 10:17:29 CST 2010

At 09:00 AM 2/22/2010, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
>The prefix "paleo" means old or ancient, not necessarily extinct.  And the 
>paleodicots is paired with eudicots (not neodicots), so that helps.

I always think of those basal branches as being neither monocots nor 
dicots.  They mix and match various traditional characters, and have others 
that really fit neither.  Even for someone not particularly cladistic in 
his outlook, it is useful to think of them as "basal angiosperms", and 
reserve "dicot" for the tricolpate clade.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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