The Family Tree of Plants

Sunday September 1, 2013

By Shanon Trueman

More than likely, you had to make your family tree for a classroom project. You probably had branches containing your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and maybe even relatives from earlier generations.

The family tree of a certain plant group is what the science of plant systematics tries to elucidate. You may know or at least have heard of your ancestors; plants can't communicate as to who their ancestors are, except for through their genetics or through their morphology.

Find out more about how plants make their own family trees.

Photo: Keith Weller, USDA-ARS.


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