[Taxacom] "Tenuinucelli" clade in eudicots?

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Fri Feb 25 09:43:56 CST 2011

Ken Kinman asks "Is there any definitive evidence (either molecular or
morphological) that clearly answers this question?"    

My opinion is that evidence does not answer questions, theories do.
There are theories that answer Ken's question, even based on the same
evidence. One is that a deep ancestor provided the trait for all
presentday taxa, and that deep ancestor, most parsimoniously, is the
same as one of the presentday ancestors.

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Richard H. Zander 
Missouri Botanical Garden, PO Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA 
Web sites: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/resbot/ and
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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth Kinman
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Subject: [Taxacom] "Tenuinucelli" clade in eudicots?

Dear All,   
      Peter Stevens' APG Website lists one single character uniting
their large Order Ericales with the euasterids: ovules tenuinucellate.
However, Order Cornales (which I still place splitting off between them)
also have tenuinucellate ovules.  I think I remember a suggestion that
tenuinucellate ovules might possibly be produced by more than one
pathway, but if so, this seems to make such a character even less
      So is the sister group to euasterids (equal to my Subclass
Asteridae), the Order Cornales or the ericalean orders (APG's single
large Order Ericales, which equals my more traditional group of
Ericalean Orders)?  Is there any definitive evidence (either molecular
or morphological) that clearly answers this question?    
         --------Ken Kinman

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