A Classification of Life Forms of the Sonoran Desert, With Emphasis on the Seed Plants and Their Survival Strategies

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/552239
Title:
A Classification of Life Forms of the Sonoran Desert, With Emphasis on the Seed Plants and Their Survival Strategies
Author:
Crosswhite, Frank S.; Crosswhite, Carol D.
Affiliation:
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
Citation:
Crosswhite, F. S., and C. D. Crosswhite. "A classification of life forms of the Sonoran Desert, with emphasis on the seed plants and their survival strategies." Desert Pl 5.4 (1984): 131-161.
Publisher:
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Desert Plants
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.
Collection Information:
Desert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.
Issue Date:
1984
Abstract:
Taxonomists have published large numbers of scientific articles, monographs and books attempting to classify the creatures which live on earth. Paradoxically, although form (morphology) has been the criterion most widely used by taxonomists to separate the various types of life (creatures) one from the other to produce classification schemes, relatively little attention has been devoted to classifying "life forms" per se. Perhaps this has resulted from a tendency to emphasize phylogenetic reconstruction in preference to the importance of form in relation to function in life. Indeed taxonomists have traditionally studied preserved (dead) specimens from which it can be notoriously difficult to make interpretations relating to functional adaptations. The classification of life forms is only superficially taxonomic. To classify them it is necessary to understand them. To understand them we need to know about their physiological ecology.
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0734-3434

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dc.contributor.authorCrosswhite, Frank S.en
dc.contributor.authorCrosswhite, Carol D.-
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-04T19:49:41Zen
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-04T19:49:43Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-04T19:49:41Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-04T19:49:43Zen
dc.date.issued1984en
dc.identifier.citationCrosswhite, F. S., and C. D. Crosswhite. "A classification of life forms of the Sonoran Desert, with emphasis on the seed plants and their survival strategies." Desert Pl 5.4 (1984): 131-161.-
dc.identifier.issn0734-3434en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/552239en
dc.description.abstractTaxonomists have published large numbers of scientific articles, monographs and books attempting to classify the creatures which live on earth. Paradoxically, although form (morphology) has been the criterion most widely used by taxonomists to separate the various types of life (creatures) one from the other to produce classification schemes, relatively little attention has been devoted to classifying "life forms" per se. Perhaps this has resulted from a tendency to emphasize phylogenetic reconstruction in preference to the importance of form in relation to function in life. Indeed taxonomists have traditionally studied preserved (dead) specimens from which it can be notoriously difficult to make interpretations relating to functional adaptations. The classification of life forms is only superficially taxonomic. To classify them it is necessary to understand them. To understand them we need to know about their physiological ecology.-
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.sourceCALS Publications Archive. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.titleA Classification of Life Forms of the Sonoran Desert, With Emphasis on the Seed Plants and Their Survival Strategiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBoyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretumen
dc.identifier.journalDesert Plantsen
dc.description.collectioninformationDesert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.en_US
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