Plant a shrub or tree; true roots +, origin endogeneous, root cap +, apex multicellular; endodermis +; shoot apical meristem multicellular; lateral meristems +, cork cambium producing cork abaxially, vascular cambium producing phloem abaxially and xylem adaxially; lamina with mean venation density 1.8 mm/mm2 (to 5 mm/mm2).
EXTANT SEED PLANTS/SPERMATOPHYTA
Plant woody, evergreen; nicotinic acid metabolised to trigonelline, (cyanogenesis via tyrosine pathway); primary cell walls rich in xyloglucans and/or glucomannans, 25-30% pectin [Type I walls]; lignins derived from (some) sinapyl and particularly coniferyl alcohols, thus containing p-hydroxyphenyl and guaiacyl lignin units, so no Maüle reaction; root xylem exarch, cork cambium deep seated; arbuscular mycorrhizae +; shoot apical meristem interface specific plasmodesmatal network; stem with vascular tissue around central pith [eustele], vascular bundles with interfascicular tissue, ectophloic, endodermis 0, xylem endarch; wood homoxylous, tracheids and rays alone, tracheid/tracheid pits circular, bordered; mature sieve tube/cell lacking functioning nucleus, sieve tube plastids with starch grains; phloem fibres +; stem cork cambium superficial; branches exogenous; leaves with single trace from vascular sympodium ["nodes 1:1"]; vascular bundles collateral [stem: phloem external; leaf: phloem abaxial]; stomata morphology?, pore opening controlled by abscisic acid; leaves with petiole and lamina, spiral, development basipetal, blade simple; axillary buds +, not associated with all leaves; prophylls two, lateral; plant heterosporous, sporangia borne on sporophylls; microsporophylls aggregated in indeterminate cones/strobili; true pollen +, grains mono[ana]sulcate, exine and intine homogeneous; ovules unitegmic, parietal tissue 2+ cells across, megaspore tetrad tetrahedral, only one megaspore develops, megasporangium indehiscent; male gametophyte development first endo- then exosporic, tube developing from distal end of grain, to ca 2 mm from receptive surface to egg, gametes two, developing after pollination, with cell walls, flagellae numerous; ovules increasing considerably in size between pollination and fertilization, female gametophyte endosporic, initially syncytial, walls then surrounding individual nuclei; seeds "large" [ca 8 mm3], but not much bigger than ovule, with morphological dormancy; embryo cellular ab initio, endoscopic, plane of first cleavage of zygote transverse, suspensor +, short-minute, embryo straight, shoot and root at opposite ends [allorrhizic], white, cotyledons 2; plastid transmission maternal; ycf2 gene in inverted repeat, two copies of LEAFY gene, PHY gene duplications [three - [BP [A/N + C/O]] - copies], nrDNA with 5.8S and 5S rDNA in separate clusters; mitochondrial nad1 intron 2 and coxIIi3 intron and trans-spliced introns present.
Lignans, O-methyl flavonols, dihydroflavonols, triterpenoid oleanane, non-hydrolysable tannins, quercetin and/or kaempferol +, apigenin and/or luteolin scattered, [cyanogenesis in ANITA grade?], S [syringyl] lignin units common, positive Maüle reaction [syringyl:guaiacyl ratio more than 2-2.5:1], and hemicelluloses as xyloglucans; root apical meristem intermediate-open; root vascular tissue oligarch [di- to pentarch], lateral roots arise opposite or immediately to the side of [when diarch] xylem poles; origin of epidermis with no clear pattern [probably from inner layer of root cap], trichoblasts [differentiated root hair-forming cells] 0, exodermis +; shoot apex with tunica-corpus construction, tunica 2-layered; reaction wood ?, associated gelatinous fibres [g-fibres] with innermost layer of secondary cell wall rich in cellulose and poor in lignin; starch grains simple; primary cell wall mostly with pectic polysaccharides, poor in mannans; tracheid:tracheid [end wall] plates with scalariform pitting, wood parenchyma +; sieve tubes enucleate, sieve plate with pores (0.1-)0.5-10< µm across, cytoplasm with P-proteins, cytoplasm not occluding pores of sieve plate, companion cell and sieve tube from same mother cell; sugar transport in phloem passive; nodes unilacunar [1:?]; stomata brachyparacytic [ends of subsidiary cells level with ends of pore], outer stomatal ledges producing vestibule; lamina formed from the primordial leaf apex, margins toothed, development of venation acropetal, secondary veins pinnate, overall growth ± diffuse, venation hierarchical, fine venation reticulate, veins (1.7-)4.1(-5.7) mm/mm2, endings free; most/all leaves with axillary buds; flowers perfect, pedicellate, ± haplomorphic, parts spiral [esp. the A], free, numbers unstable, development in general centripetal; P not sharply differentiated, with a single trace, outer members not enclosing the rest of the bud, often smaller than inner members; A many, filament not sharply distinguished from anther, stout, broad, with a single trace, anther introrse, tetrasporangiate, sporangia in two groups of two [dithecal], ± embedded in the filament, with at least outer secondary parietal cells dividing, each theca dehiscing longitudinally, endothecium +, endothecial cells elongated at right angles to long axis of anther; tapetum glandular, cells binucleate; microspore mother cells in a block, microsporogenesis successive, walls developing by centripetal furrowing; pollen subspherical, tectum continuous or microperforate, ektexine columellar, endexine thin, compact, lamellate only in the apertural regions; nectary 0; G superior, free, several, ascidiate, with postgenital occlusion by secretion, stylulus short, hollow, cavity not lined by distinct epidermal layer, stigma ± decurrent, dry [not secretory]; ovules few [?1]/carpel, marginal, anatropous, bitegmic, micropyle endostomal, outer integument 2-3 cells across, often largely subdermal in origin, inner integument 2-3 cells across, often dermal in origin, parietal tissue 1-3 cells across [crassinucellate], nucellar cap?; megasporocyte single, hypodermal, megaspore tetrad linear, functional megaspore chalazal, lacking sporopollenin and cuticle; female gametophyte four-celled [one module, nucleus of egg cell sister to one of the polar nuclei]; ovule not increasing in size between pollination and fertilization; pollen binucleate at dispersal, male gametophyte trinucleate, germinating in less than 3 hours, pollination siphonogamous, tube elongated, growing between cells, growth rate 20-20,000 µm/hour, outer wall pectic, inner wall callose, with callose plugs, penetration of ovules via micropyle [porogamous], whole process takes ca 18 hours, distance to first ovule 1.1-2.1 mm; male gametes lacking cell walls, flagellae 0, double fertilization +, ovules aborting unless fertilized; P deciduous in fruit; seed exotestal, becoming much larger than ovule at time of fertilization; endosperm diploid, cellular [micropylar and chalazal domains develop differently, first division oblique, micropylar end initially with a single large cell, divisions uniseriate, chalazal cell smaller, divisions in several planes], copious, oily and/or proteinaceous; embryogenesis cellular; germination hypogeal, seedlings/young plants sympodial; Arabidopsis-type telomeres [(TTTAGGG)n]; whole genome duplication, ndhB gene 21 codons enlarged at the 5' end, single copy of LEAFY and RPB2 gene, knox genes extensively duplicated [A1-A4], AP1/FUL gene, paleo AP3 and PI genes [paralogous B-class genes] +, with "DEAER" motif, SEP3/LOFSEP and three copies of the PHY gene, [PHYB [PHYA + PHYC]].
[NYMPHAEALES [AUSTROBAILEYALES [[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]]]]: vessels +, elements with elongated scalariform perforation plates; wood fibres +; axial parenchyma diffuse or diffuse-in-aggregates; pollen monosulcate [anasulcate], tectum reticulate-perforate [here?]; ?genome duplication; "DEAER" motif in AP3 and PI genes lost, gaps in these genes.
[AUSTROBAILEYALES [[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]]]: essential oils in specialized cells [lamina and P ± pellucid-punctate]; tension wood 0; tectum reticulate; anther wall with outer secondary parietal cell layer dividing; carpels plicate; nucellar cap + [character lost where in eudicots?]; 12BP [4 amino acids] deletion in P1 gene.
[[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]] / MESANGIOSPERMAE: benzylisoquinoline alkaloids +; polyacetate derived anthraquinones + [?level]; outer epidermal walls of root elongation zone with cellulose fibrils oriented transverse to root axis; P more or less whorled, 3-merous [possible positiion]; embryo sac bipolar, 8 nucleate, antipodal cells persisting; endosperm triploid; ?germination.
[MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]: (veins in lamina often 7-17mm/mm2 or more [mean for eudicots 8.0]); (stamens opposite [two whorls of] P); (pollen tube growth fast).
[CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]: ethereal oils 0.
EUDICOTS: myricetin, delphinidin scattered, asarone 0 [unknown in some groups, + in some asterids]; root epidermis derived from root cap [?Buxaceae, etc.]; nodes 3:3; stomata anomocytic; flowers (dimerous), cyclic; K/outer P members with three traces, "C" with a single trace; A few, (polyandry widespread, initial primordia 5, 10, or ring, ± centrifugal), filaments fairly slender, anthers basifixed; microsporogenesis simultaneous, pollen tricolpate, apertures in pairs at six points of the young tetrad [Fischer's rule], cleavage centripetal, wall with endexine; G with complete postgenital fusion, stylulus/style solid [?here]; seed coat?
[PROTEALES [TROCHODENDRALES [BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]]]: (axial/receptacular nectary +).
[TROCHODENDRALES [BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]]: benzylisoquinoline alkaloids 0; euAP3 + TM6 genes [duplication of paleoAP3 gene: B class], mitochondrial rps2 gene lost.
[BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]: ?
CORE EUDICOTS / GUNNERIDAE: (ellagic and gallic acids +); leaf margins serrate; compitum + [one place]; micropyle?; palaeohexaploidy [gamma triplication], PI-dB motif +, small deletion in the 18S ribosomal DNA common.
[ROSIDS ET AL. + ASTERIDS ET AL.] / PENTAPETALAE: root apical meristem closed; (cyanogenesis also via [iso]leucine, valine and phenylalanine pathways); flowers rather stereotyped: 5-merous, parts whorled; P = calyx + corolla, calyx enclosing the flower in bud, sepals with three or more traces, petals with a single trace; stamens = 2x K/C, in two whorls developing internally/adaxially to the corolla whorl and successively alternating, (numerous, but then usually fasciculate and/or centrifugal); pollen tricolporate; G , G  also common, when [G 2], carpels superposed, compitum +, placentation axile, style +, stigma not decurrent; endosperm nuclear; fruit dry, dehiscent, loculicidal [when a capsule]; RNase-based gametophytic incompatibility system present; floral nectaries with CRABSCLAW expression.
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Soltis et al. (2008: a variety of estimates, Dilleniales sister to Caryophyllales) suggested that these two large clades diverged 128-114(-84) m.y.a., and similar ages of (132-)125, 101(-97) m.y. are proposed by Bell et al. (2010 for details: Dilleniaceae in superasterids, again sister to Caryophyllales).
Doyle (2013) suggested that the distinctive pentapetalous flower descibed above evolved from a wind-pollinated, probably dimerous morphology.
Pollination Biology. There has been duplication of all four MADS-box gene classes (A, B, C, E) somewhere around here, and also the floral symmetry genes CYCLOIDEA and DIVARICATA (e.g. Boyden et al. 2010). It has been suggested that both sepals and petals of core eudicots may be derived from bracts, the latter often having three or more traces, as have the former (Ronse de Craene (2007); only cases where the vasculature is other than this are mentioned below.
For harmogemathic movements of triaperturate pollen grains, see Halbritter and Hesse (2004).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. For the evolution of the gametophytic incompatibility system, perhaps a precursor to the sporophytic system (although the two may in fact merely be qualitatively different), see Igic and Kohn (2001: phylogeny of RNases), Steinbachs and Holsinger (2002), Igic et al. (2006), Franklin-Tong and Franklin (2003), Charlesworth et al. (2005) and Hiscock and Tabah (2003).
[DILLENIALES [SAXIFRAGALES [VITALES + ROSIDS s. str.]]]: nodes 3:3; stipules + [usually apparently inserted on the stem].
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Moore et al. (2010) suggest an age of (112-)108(103) m.y. for this node.
[SAXIFRAGALES [VITALES + ROSIDS]] / ROSANAE Takhtajan / SUPERROSIDAE: ? Back to Main Tree
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. The crown-group age of this clade has been estimated at 121-111 m.y. (Wikstr&m et al. 2004). The age of the rosids in Anderson et al. (2005) should be treated with caution, since members of Crossosomatales were included, as well as a separate Crossosomatales. Magallón and Castillo (2009) provide estimates of around 106.7 m.y. for crown group diversification, Moore et al. (2010: 95% highest posterior density) an age of (111-)108(-103) m.y.; ages of (135-)128, 117(-111) m.y. are suggested by Bell et al. (2010 for details), (112-)107(-101) m.y. by N. Zhang et al. (2012), and 110.5 m.y. by Magallón et al. (2013).
Fossils are somewhat younger. Fossils assignable to rosids as a whole are ca 94 m.y. and to Saxifragales ca 90 m.y. old (Crepet et al. 2004).
Much crown group diversification within this clade probably occurred within a narrow time interval of 5-15 m.y. some time around 117-93 m.y.a. in the late Aptian early Turonian (Wang et al. 2009).
Plant-Animal Interactions. Butterfly caterpillars are common on members of the group, occurring about twice as frequently as might be expected going by species number alone, but the tree habit is also common here, and trees perhaps support a correspondingly disproportionate number of larvae... (Janz & Nylin 1998).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Smets et al. (2003) characterise the rosids as having receptacular nectaries; but note that the Vitales have gynoecial nectaries and Proteaceae have receptacular nectaries (Smets 1988). A relatively large embryo over half the length of the seed may be a feature of this clade (Forbis et al. 2002), although there is considerable variation in Saxifragales while Vitales have small embryos. Here this character has been pegged at a lower level in the phylogeny (see core rosids).
The feature of cuticle wax platelets as rosettes is scattered through this group, but is especially common in Fabaceae and is known from several Malpighiales (see Ditsch & Barthlott 1997 for details). Distinctive mucilage cells in flowers with a much thickened mucilaginous inner periclinal wall and distinct cytoplasm are found especially in this broader group (note: not yet reported from Geraniales, see Matthews & Endress 2006b). The sepals characteristically have three traces from three gaps; in several more basal eudicot clades the outer perianth/sepals have only a single gap (von Balthazar and Endress 2002 - see also Ranunculales). Petal development is often retarded relative to that of other parts of the flower (also in Cabomba and Saruma!). For the genome duplication, see Tuskan et al. (2006); exactly where it is to be placed on the tree is unclear. Similarly, where the loss of the chloroplast infA gene is to be placed is unclear (see Millen et al. 2001). For CRABSCLAW expression in the floral nectaries, see Damerval et al. (2013).
Phylogeny. Thinking of the major branchings within rosids, Hilu et al. (2003: matK analysis, Schumacheria [one member of Dilleniaceae included in the study] was firmly associated with Ericales...) found a possible set of relationships [Rosids [[Dilleniacaeae + Vitaceae] [Saxifragales [Santalales [Berberidopsidales [Caryophyllales + Asterids]]]]]]. Nickrent et al. (2005) also found the position of Saxifragales to be particularly uncertain, although Vitales again tended to go with rosids. Recently, Soltis et al. (2007a) found a grouping [Saxifragales [Vitales + rosids]], both groupings with 1.0 p.p. (see also Zhu et al 2007, but little support). Earlier work had suggested similar relationships, thus Saxifragales were sister to the rest of the group (e.g. P. Soltis et al. 1999: Vitales not included), albeit with weak support. Studies on the duplication of the RPB2 gene and subsequent loss of one of the copies (Oxelman et al. 2004; Luo et al. 2007) suggest that Saxifragales and Rosids are linked by loss of the -I copy, which also has occurred in Santalales and Caryophyllales, but not Vitales, Berberidopsidales, Gunnerales or Dilleniales, which have all lost the RPB2-D copy. The variation pattern is complex - and this is without worrying about what is going on within the asterids. Saxifragales and Vitales were found to be successively sister to all eudicots minus Gunnerales (mitochondrial gene only), or to all rosids, but with little support (Zhu et al. 2007).
Clearly, the position of Saxifragales and Vitales with respect to rosids has been uncertain. Thus Moore et al. (2010, 2011) found that although [Saxifragales, Vitales, rosids] formed a strongly-supported clade, it was unclear whether Vitales were sister to Saxifragales, to rosids, or to [Saxifragales + rosids]; support for the latter position increased with reduced taxon sampling. Moore et al. (2010) also recovered a [Saxifragales + Vitales] clade sister to rosids in maximum likelihood but not in maximum parsimony analyses. H. Wang et al. (2009: Dilleniales not included) in a 43,000 bp analysis, largely of chloroplast sequences, found substantial resolution within rosids s.l., and the relationships that they suggest, [Saxifragales [Vitales [rosid II/malvids + rosid I/fabids]]], are followed here, although the position of Vitales is only moderately supported (72% bootstrap in a ML analysis); they analysed a twelve-gene and inverted repeat data sets separately and in combination, preferring ML over MP analyses. The topology in Davies et al. (2004), Bell et al. (2010) and Soltis et al. (2011) is similar. Saxifragales are also well supported as sister to [Vitales + rosids] in the 12-gene plus plastid inverted repeat analyses of Wang et al. (2009). It does seem that Vitales may well be sister to the other rosids s. str. (e.g. Jansen et al. 2007), although support for this position was only weak in Wang et al. (2009). Palaeohexaploidy also seems to link Vitales with rosids, but the sampling in major core eudicot clades is very poor (Jaillon, Eury et al. 2007), and the implications of this paleohexaploidy in groups suspected of undergoing subsequent bouts of genome duplications in terms of gene copy numbers is unexplored (c.f. Velasco et al. 2007, who interpret the data rather differently).
Finally, Saxifragales have been found to be sister to a [Berberidopsidales ... asterid] clade, although with vanishingly low support (Qiu et al. 2010), and Vitales sister to a rosid clade, but with scarcely any stronger support. Crossosomatales were in a clade basal to Caryophyllales, while other relationships in the rosid II clade were somewhat scrambled, although again with little support (Qiu et al. 2010). The relationships [[Vitaceae + Saxifragales] [Caryophyllales + rosids]] have also popped up (N. Zhang et al. 2012).
Classification. The circumscription of the rosids can usefully be expanded to include both Saxifragales and Vitales; they link with them phylogenetically (see above) and are morphologically quite similar.
Synonymy: Balanophoranae Reveal, Barbeyanae Reveal & Doweld, Begonianae Doweld, Berberidopsidanae Thorne & Reveal, Burseranae Doweld, Capparanae Reveal, Casuarinanae Reveal & Doweld, Celastranae Takhtajan, Corynocarpanae Takhtajan, Crossosmatanae Doweld, Cucurbitanae Reveal, Euphorbianae Reveal, Fabanae Reveal, Faganae Takhtajan, Geranianae Reveal, Gyrostemonanae Takhtajan, Huerteanae Thorne & Reveal, Juglandanae Reveal, Malvanae Takhtajan, Myrtanae Takhtajan, Ochnanae Doweld, Podostemanae Reveal, Polygalanae Doweld, Rafflesianae Reveal, Rhamnanae Reveal, Rhizophoranae Reveal & Doweld, Rosanae Takhtajan, Rutanae Takhtajan, Santalanae Reveal, Sapindanae Doweld, Urticanae Reveal, Violanae Reveal, Vitanae Reveal, Zygophyllanae Doweld - b>Rosidae Takhtajan - Aceropsida Endlicher, Aesculopsida Brongniart, CelastropsidaBrongniart, Cistopsida Bartling, Coriariopsida Parlatore, Cucurbitopsida Brongniart, Daphnopsida Meisner, Frangulopsida Endlicher, Geraniopsida Meisner, Loranthopsida Bartling, Malpighiopsida Bartling, Malvopsida R. Brown, Myrtopsida Bartling, Oenotheropsida Brongniart, Passifloropsida Brongniart, Podostemopsida G. Cusset & C. Cusset, Polygalopsida Endlicher, Rhamnopsida Brongniart, Rosopsida Batsch, Rutopsida Meisne, Salicopsida Bartling, Santalopsida Brongniart, Thymelaeopsida Endlicher, Urticopsida Bartling, Violopsida Brongniart - Rutidae Doweld - Malvidae Thorne & Reveal - Brassicineae Shipunov
SAXIFRAGALES Berchtold & J. Presl Main Tree, Synapomorphies.
Ellagic acid, myricetin, flavonols +, (silicon concentration high [?level]); (tension wood +); branching from the previous flush [woody members]; cuticle waxes as clustered tubules; petiole bundle annular; lamina margins serrate, teeth with gland broadening distally and with apical foramen, higher order lateral veins joining it; anthers basifixed, with basal pit, sagittate; pollen morphology?; carpels free, at least apically, styluli short, stigmas decurrent, at most slightly wet; ovules ³2/carpel, with bistomal micropyle, (outer integument largely dermal in origin); fruit dry; seeds ± exotestal; embryo size?; unique 1 BP [adenosine] insertion in 18S rDNA. - 15 families, 112 genera, 2,500 species.
Note: Possible apomorphies are now being added throughout the site; they are in bold. However, the actual level at which many of these features, particularly the more cryptic ones, should be assigned is unclear. This is because there is very considerable homoplasy, with variation within and between clades, for most characters. Furthermore, the basic information for all too many characters is very incomplete, often coming from taxa well embedded in the clade of interest and so making the position of any putative apomorphy uncertain. Then there is the not-so-trivial issue of how ancestral states are reconstructed...
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Magallón and Castillo (2009) estimated ages of ca 114.2 and 114.8 m.y. (relaxed and constrained penalized likelihood datings respectively) for the stem group, while the crown group was 106.4 to 107 m.y. old. Wikström et al. (2001, 2004) suggested that the stem-group age was 121-111 m.y., the crown group was 110-92 m.y.o.; comparable figures given by Anderson et al. (2005) are ca 108 and 102 m.y., while Jian et al. (2006, esp. 2008) estimated the age of crown group Saxifragales as some 103-83 m.y. m.y. old. Hermsen et al. (2006b: topology quite resolved, different in detail from that adopted here, support slight; see also below) suggested that much diversification occurred rather later, 90-84 m.y.a. in the Late Cretaceous. Moore et al. (2010: 95% HPD - check) suggest crown group ages of (103-)98(-94) m.y..
Saxifragales contain ca 1.3% of eudicot diversity. They have a very poor representation in the tropics in general and neotropics in particular, which makes the inclusion of the small but lowland tropical Peridiscaceae (see below) the more notable. Apart from the Crassulaceae/Saxifragaceae clade, relationships within Saxifragales remained largely unresolved for some time, and it was suggested that they represented an ancient and rapid radiation (Fishbein et al. 2001; Fishbein & Soltis 2004). More recently Jian et al. (2006, esp. 2008) estimated that early diversification in the clade perhaps occurred over a period as short as 3-6 m.y.. D. Soltis et al. (2013) looked at diversification in Saxifragales in the context of a 900+-species supermatrix, focusing particularly on woody<->herbaceous and annual<->perennial transitions.
D. Soltis et al. (2007b), Endress (2010c) and Carlsward et al. (2011) have all suggested possible apomorphies for the clade - or at least features common in the clade - other than those given above, while Hermsen et al. (2006b, see list of characters there) suggest that Saxifragales lacked any "diagnostic" morphological features. Carlsward et al. (2011) suggest apomorphies for all internal branches of Saxifragales, and many of these are flagged as such below (pollen characters are not yet included). Doyle (2012) suggested that tricolpate pollen was "retained" in many Saxifragales.
Saxifragales have notably small seeds compared with other angiosperms (Linkies et al. 2010).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Roots are diarch (Van Tieghem & Douliot 1888). Saxifragales commonly have scalariform perforation plates, lateral pitting that is mostly scalariform or opposite, bordered pits, etc., but whether these are synapomorphies is unclear (Jian et al.  characterise the largely unresolved woody members and the Saxifraceae + Crassulaceae clades in terms of their wood anatomy). Leaf teeth are basically rosid, although those of Cercidiphyllum are described as being more or less chloranthoid (not very different), while Hamamelidaceae can have teeth with a clear, glandular apex (fothergilloid) and those of Altingiaceae are platanoid (basically, the higher order lateral veins do not quite make it to the tooth - Hickey & Wolfe 1975; Tetracarpaea is similar, also lacking such veins - Hils et al. 1988). Despite appearances, the floral apex in nearly all taxa studied is reportesd to be flat or concave (Fishbein et al. 2000; Soltis & Hufford 2002; D. Soltis et al. 2003b; Soltis et al. 2005b), although Wurdack and Davis (2009) suggested that this was not the case for Peridiscaceae.
For information on the hamamelids as it was beginning to be realised that they might have to be split, see Crane and Blackmore (1989). For pollen, see Hideux and Ferguson (1976), Zavada and Dilcher (1986); floral anatomy and morphology, Gaümann (1919), Bensel and Palser (1975a-d), Hufford and Endress (1989), Drinnan et al. (1995), Fishbein et al. (2000); for chemistry, Giannasi (1986), Jay (1971); for anatomy, Watari (1939), Ramamonjiarisoa (1980), Cutler and Gregory (1998); for seed coat, Krach (1976); and for general morphology, see Hermsen et al. (2006b).
Phylogeny. Saxifragales as circumscribed here are suggested in molecular phylogenies (e.g. D. Soltis et al. 1997; D. Soltis & P. Soltis 1997), although support is not always very strong (D. Soltis et al. 2013). In addition to sequence similarity, members have i.a. an insertion in 18S rDNA in common. Peridiscaceae are an unexpected addition to the clade. They were placed in Malpighiales by Savolainen et al. (2000a: see A.P.G. II 2003). However, Davis and Chase (2004; see also Soltis et al. 2007a) rather surprisingly found that the family was to be placed here, adding Soyauxia, previously placed in Medusandraceae, while Wurdack and Davis (2009) added Medusandra itself to Peridiscaceae.
Within Saxifragales relationships other than the Saxifragaceae/Crassulaceae clade were unclear for some time, and even now many of the deeper nodes remain poorly supported (D. Soltis et al. 2013). Support for the Crassulaceae et al. and Saxifragaceae et al. clades, and also the relationships within them, is generally strong; support for the clade [Pterostemon + Itea] clade (= Iteaceae) in the latter is also strong (e.g. Soltis et al. 2007a: see below). Although Hilu et al. (2003: matK) did not recover the Saxifragaceae/Crassulaceae clade, there was no strong support for an alternative placement; Cercidiphyllaceae and Daphniphyllaceae were sister taxa, with moderate jacknife support. Hermsen et al. (2006b), who included both molecular and morphological (the latter also from selected fossils) data, also recovered a [Crassulaceae et al. + Saxifragaceae et al.] clade, while all other families were in a clade sister to this. [Paeonia + Daphniphyllum] and [Cercidiphyllaceae + Altingiaceae] were clades in this latter, but with very weak support (<50% bootstrap); Peridiscaceae were not included. Paeonia was linked with moderate support to the Crassulaceae clade, or, more weakly, with the Crassulaceae + Saxifragaceae clades in some analyses in Fishbein et al. (2001); the latter relationship also appeared in a recent study (Fishbein & Soltis 2004: Peridiscaceae not included), but it was linked with low support to Peridiscus itself by Davis and Chase (2004). D. Soltis et al. (2007b) were also unable to recover stable relationships among the woody Saxifragales, long branch attraction (to Paeoniaceae and Peridiscaceae) possibly occurring; depending on the analysis, a clade [Peridiscaceae + Paeoniaceae] made Hamamelidaceae paraphyletic, or Peridiscaceae were sister to all other Saxifragales. Despite the addition of more data, Jian et al. (2006) still found it difficult to resolve relationships between the woody members, although it appeared that Peridiscaceae might be sister to the rest of the order, and Paeoniaceae sister to the Crassulaceae and Saxifragaceae groups. Similar relationships were recovered by Soltis et al. (2011, see also Moore et al. 2011), but support for the position of Paeoniaceae was weak; other relationships with Saxifragales that they found agree with the topology described below. Li (2008) also found little support for many relationships in the order, including the association of Paeoniaceae with the Crassulaceae group that appeared in some analyses.
However, Jian et al. (2008: see also Qiu et al. 2010, slight differences [placement of Hamamelidaceae]), using a variety of large data sets (some with over 50,000 bp) and analyeses, have been able to find strong maximum likelihood and Bayesian support for the topology used here, although Paeonia in particular moved around the tree in some parsimony analyses. There is little morphological support for the basal branches of this topology, but that seems pretty much par for the course, although characters can be optimised to positions on a number of the shallower branches (c.f. Hermsen et al. 2006b). A study by Qi et al. (2012) that focused on Cercidiphyllum found a rather different set of relationships, including the paraphyly of Hamamelidaceae, but posterior probabilities were low.
Some molecular analyses have placed the hitherto unplaced Cynomoriaceae in Saxifragales, perhaps in the Crassulaceae area, although with little support (Nickrent 2002; Nickrent et al. 2005), however, Barkman et al. (2007) found no support for a position in this order - but none for any particular position at all. A position in Saxifragales was rejected by Jian et al. (2008), who preferred to place them in Santalales; Balanophoraceae, with which Cynomoriaceae were linked in the past, are also to be included there (see also Nickrent et al. 2005). Recently Cynomoriaceae have been placed in Rosales as sister to Rosaceae based on analysis of chloroplast inverted repeat sequences (Moraceae were the only other family in the order examined: see also the Rosales page), and with strong support; Cynomoriaceae certainly were to be excluded from Saxifragales (good sampling) and several other rosid orders (Zhang et al. 2009; see also Moore et al. 2011). Finally, depending on the mitochondrial gene analyzed by Qiu et al. (2010), Cynomoriaceae were placed with Saxifragales (matR, nad5) or Sapindales (atp1, rps3). Further studies are needed and the inclusion of Cynomoriaceae here needs confirmation.
Previous Relationships. Saxifragales includes Hamamelidaceae, a key group classically linking the Englerian Amentiferae (usually dioecious or monoecious woody plants with an ament, or catkin, with small flowers, and sometimes believed to be primitive), to "dicots" with more conventional flowers. However, the old Amentiferae, included in Cronquist's (1981) Hamamelidae, are now in several bits, mostly in the rosids, of which one is here - see also Fagales, which constitutes the major part of Amentiferae, Malpighiales (Salicaceae), Rosales ("Urticales"), etc. (Qiu et al. 1998a) - but also including Eupteleaceae (eudicot), Myrothamnaceae (core eudicot), Eucommiaceae (asterid I/lamiid), etc. A link between woody Saxifragales and Fagales has often been recognised (e.g. Frohne & Jensen 1992), although there seems little point in continuing to do this. The woody Saxifragaceae, which have been included in Saxifragaceae s.l., Hydrangeaceae, or Grossulariaceae, are spread widely through both rosids and asterids (e.g. Morgan & Soltis 1993), examples being Brexiaceae (Celastrales), Hydrangeaceae (Cornales), and Escalloniaceae (Escalloniales - asterid II/campanulid). Most iridoid-negative, herbaceous and/or crassinucellate members remain here. Ironically, three families of Saxifragales s. str. are indeed reliably reported to have iridoids (how many origins?), and are the only families outside asterids known to have these compounds. Daphniphyllanae, Saxifraganae and Hamamelidanae, in which Takhtajan (1997) placed most of the families that are in Saxifragales here, are all in his Hamamelididae.
Includes Altingiaceae, Aphanopetalaceae, Cercidiphyllaceae, Crassulaceae, Cynomoriaceae, Daphniphyllaceae, Grossulariaceae, Haloragaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Iteaceae, Paeoniaceae, Penthoraceae, Peridiscaceae, Saxifragaceae, Tetracarpaeaceae.
Synonymy: Hamamelidineae Thorne & Reveal - Altingiales Doweld, Cercidiphyllales Reveal, Crassulales Link, Cynomoriales Burnett, Daphniphyllales Hurusawa, Fothergillales Link, Grossulariales Berchtold & J. Presl, Haloragales Link, Hamamelidales Link, Iteales Doweld, Medusandrales Brenan, Paeoniales Heinze, Peridiscales Doweld, Sedales Reichenbach f., Sempervivales Berchtold & J. Presl - Daphniphyllanae Takhtajan, Hamamelidanae Takhtajan, Paeonianae Doweld, Saxifraganae Reveal - Hamamelididae Takhtajan, Paeoniidae C. Y. Wu - Crassulopsida Brongniart, Hamamelidopsida Brongniart, Saxifragopsida Brongniart
PERIDISCACEAE Kuhlmann, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Trees; plants Al-accumulators, ?chemistry; vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates; apotracheal (paratracheal, diffuse) parenchya +; secretory canals + [Medusandra]; petiole bundles with wing bundles [Soyauxia], also an adaxial plate [Peridiscus] or an adaxial [Whittonia] or medullary [Medusandra] annular bundle; crystals +; hairs unicellular, lignified [Medusandra]; epidermal wax crystals in rosettes; leaves two-ranked, (spiral), lamina teeth ?morphology, (margin entire), secondary veins palmate, petiole pulvinate [Peridiscus, Medusandra], stipule single and adaxial, or paired and lateral; inflorescences axillary, racemose(-spicate) or fasciculate, flowers small; P 4-7; A many, at most slightly connate basally, (anthers monothecal); nectary large, annular, hairy or not, or K open, C +; A 5, alternating with K, staminodes 5, long, hairy, opposite K; nectary 0 [Medusandra]; G [3-4], ± sunken in disc or not, 1-locular, (placentation free central), stigmas punctate; ovules 1-2(-3)/carpel [6-8 in total], apical, pendulous, epitropous; fruit a drupe or capsule; P deciduous or K much enlarged, accrescent, recurved (Medusandra); seed 1, large, coat tanniniferous, walls thin, ± collapsed; endosperm ?development, copious, cell walls thick, pitted, embryo very small, cotyledons foliaceous; n = ?
4[list]/11. South America, tropical W. Africa (map: from Heywood 2007; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 5. 2010).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Peridiscaceae are a very poorly known and superficially heterogeneous group; I have not seen Whittonia, but Metcalfe (1962) gives some details of its anatomy. The vascular pitting of Medusandra is scalariform and the pits are bordered (Metcalfe 1952). Note that the leaves are almost certainly simple, not unifolioliate (c.f. Brenan 1952; Hutchinson 1973); the rather swollen apex of the petiole is like that of many Euphorbiaceae, Hydnocarpus, Octoknema, etc., which are not usually described as being possibly unifoliolate. Petiole anatomy in the region of the pulvinus is complex. For epidermal wax crystals, see Ditsch and Barthlott (1997). The bracteoles are often inconspicuous (c.f. Cronquist 1981).
Peridiscus and Whittonia have monothecal anthers, probably derived within the family. The flowers of Medusandra have long and conspicuous staminodes borne opposite the sepals, hence the generic name. The basic seed morphology/anatomy of Soyauxia and Peridiscus, from either side of the Atlantic, are almost identical, although the two are vegetatively very different - Peridiscus is sometimes even identified as Menispermaceae!
See Metcalfe (1952b, 1962) and Miller (1975) for anatomy and Soltis et al. (2007b) for general information.
Previous Relationships. Peridiscaceae were included in Violales-Flacourtiaceae by Takhtajan (1997), and a similar position was suggested by A.P.G. III (2003); Soyauxia in particular has been associated with Medusandraceae or with Flacourtiaceae (Malpighiales). Medusandra itself was tentatively included in Malpighiales by Soltis et al. (2005b), certainly, the serrate leaf blades and the cauline stipules suggest relationships other than to Santalales or Santalanae (c.f. Cronquist 1981; Takhtajan 1997; Thorne 2007).
Synonym: Medusandraceae Brenan, nom. cons.
[[Paeoniaceae [Altingiaceae [Hamamelidaceae [Cercidiphyllaceae + Daphniphyllaceae]]]] [[Crassulaceae [Aphanopetalaceae [Tetracarpaeaceae [Haloragaceae + Penthoraceae]]]] [[Iteaceae [Grossulariaceae + Saxifragaceae]]]: floral apex flat-concave early in development [G often (semi-)inferior].
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. This clade is characterised by having notably small seeds (Moles et al. 2005a; Sims 2012: as Saxifragaceae, but Peridiscaceae not included).
[Paeoniaceae [Altingiaceae [Hamamelidaceae [Cercidiphyllaceae + Daphniphyllaceae]]]]: mitochondrial coxII.i3 intron 0; buds with scales; leaves with basically palmate venation; stigma ± decurrent.
PAEONIACEAE Rafinesque, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Perennial herbs, shortly rhizomatous, to shrublets; iridoids, ethereal oils, flavones +, hydrolysable and non-hydrolysable tannins 0; cork "subcortical" [Tiagi 1970]; stem with cortical vascular bundles; vessel elements with simple or scalariform perforation plates; nodes also 5:5; calcium oxalate as crystals; wax tubules with palmitone predominating; indumentum 0 (hairs +, unicellular); leaves spiral, compound, ultimately ternate, lamina vernation variable, leaf base broad, stipules 0; inflorescence terminal, flowers 1-few; flowers large [³5 cm across], with cortical vascular system; P +, spiral, 3:3 vascularization, "K" (3-)5(-7), tough, "C" 5-8(-13), not sharply distinguished; A many, from 5 trunk bundles continuing spiral of C, centrifugal, anthers with basal pits?; pollen colporoid; nectary a lobed disc; G free, (2) 3-5(-15), stigma expanded, rather oblique, sessile, wet; ovules usu. many/carpel, micropyle exo(bi)stomal, outer integument 10-20 cells across, inner integument ca 3 cells across, parietal tissue ca 5 cells across, nucellar cap ca 12 cells across, nucellus mostly absorbed before anthesis; megaspore mother cells several, often more than 1 germinates, embryo sac elongate; fruit a follicle, K persistent; funicle fleshy, with apical rim-aril (0); testa fleshy, vascularized, exotestal cells palisade, variously thickened, the hypodermis palisade, ± lignified, (some mesotesta thickened); endosperm with amyloid [xyloglucans], chalazal endosperm haustorium +, zygote initially coenocytic, several embryos initially developing, one matures, minute; n = 5, chromosomes 10-15 µm long; germination hypogeal; mitochondrial coxII.i3 intron 0.
1[list]/33. N. Temperate, especially East Asia (map: from Stern 1946; Hultén & Fries 1986). [Photo - Fruit]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. For the evolution and biogeography of the genus, see Sang et al. (1997).
Seed Dispersal. The testa is thick, fleshy and coloured, and in some species the colour contrasts with that of the testa of partly developed and unfertilised seeds (blackish/red) when the follicle opens. The funicle is also fleshy.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. According to Hiepko (1965, see also Endress 2010c) Paeonia lacks petals - presumably because of the spiral arrangement and vasculature of the perianth members. The disc apparently does not secrete nectar (Hiepko 1966). Johri et al. (1992) called the micropyle exostomal, however, the inner integument, too, partly forms the micropyle. Both embryo sac and embryo development are very distinctive. The embryo sacs (there is often more than one per ovule) develop from megaspore mother cells that are deeply embedded in a massive nucellus plus nucellar cap, and they elongate considerably towards the micropyle as they develop; the secondary endosperm nucleus is huge (see e.g. Yakovlev & Yoffe 1957; Cave et al. 1961; Walters 1962). The funicle is also fleshy, and there may be a small rim aril at the apex. There is no tegmen.
For the perianth, see also Brouland (1935); for general floral morphology, see Hiepko (1964, 1966) and Leins and Erbar (1991); for general information, see Tamura (2006); Tiagi (1970) and Takhtajan (1988) provide much information on ovules and seeds. For a general account of the genus, see Hong (2012).
Previous Relationships. Paeoniales were included in Ranunculidae (Takhtajan 1997), and a relationship between Paeoniaceae and Ranunculaceae in particular has often been suggested (Takhtajan 1997; Mabberley 1997 included Glaucidium [see Ranunculaceae here] in Paeoniaceae) because of gross floral similarities between the two. However, they differ in the nature of the petals and nectaries, the development of the androecium, numerous embryological features, etc. (e.g. Tiagi 1970); there are no dipteran agromyzid leaf miners on Paeoniaceae, although they are common on Ranunculaceae. Dilleniales, in which Paeoniaceae were placed by Cronquist (1981; see Corner 1946), have multistaminate and centrifugal androecia, but differ in gynoecial development, nectary morphology, etc.
[Altingiaceae [Hamamelidaceae [Cercidiphyllaceae + Daphniphyllaceae]]]: cuticle waxes as tubules, nonacosan-10-ol the main wax; inflorescence racemose, flowers sessile; anthers ± valvate, connectives apically protruding; seeds winged; embryo long; germination epigeal and phanerocotylar.
Evolution. Pollination Biology. There are a number of reports of delayed fertilisation from members of all four families, although not in Paeonia (Endress 2110c, but esp. Sogo & Tobe 2006d and references); fertilization in Peridiscaceae is not known.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Raffinose and stachyose are common oligosaccharides in phloem exudate in this clade (Daphniphyllaceae not studied: Zimmermann & Ziegler 1975). Hufford and Endress (1989; see also Hersen et al. 2006b) discuss anather morphology and anatomy in detail; members of this clade can have obviously valvate anthers, as in Hamamelidoideae, or the stomium may simply divide at the two ends of the theca, or at least at the base of the theca. Wheeler et al. (2011) summarize what is known of wood anatomy in the clade.
ALTINGIACAEAE Horaninow, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Trees, evergreen or deciduous; resins, route I iridoids +; secretory canals + [with resins]; petiole bundle with medullary bundles; stomata paracytic; leaves spiral, lamina lobed, vernation flat, lobes conduplicate, stipules on leaf base; plant monoecious, inflorescence ± capitate; P 0; staminate flowers: A 4-10, (anthers with longitudinal slits); pollen spherical, polyporate, surface fine-reticulate; pistillode +; carpellate flowers: intercarpellary protrusions + [= sterile flowers]; G , unsealed, (semi)inferior, (transverse), stigmas with multicellular protrusions, but no papillae; ovules 20</carpel [only the lower ones fertile], straight, (micropyle endostomal), outer integument ca 2 cells across, inner integument ca 5 cells across; fruit a septicidal (and loculicidal) capsule; exotesta lignified or not, mesotesta ± sclerotic, endotestal cells oblong, lignified; endosperm slight; n = 15, 16.
1[list]/13 (for generic limits, see Ickert-Bond & Wen 2006). E. Mediterranean, East Asia to Malesia, Central America (map: see Vink 1957; Wood 1972; Rzedowski 1978; esp. Ickert-Bond et al. 2005). [Photos - Collection]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. The fossil Microaltingia (ca 90 m.y. before present) has prolate, tricolpate pollen grains with a coarsely reticulate exine, a more or less superior ovary, ovaries with 8 or more ovules per carpel, and perhaps unwinged seeds; it may have been pollinated by insects (Zhou et al. 2001). If correctly assigned here - sister to the extant representatives of the family (Ickert-Bond et al. 2005, 2007) - it is yet another fossil with interestingly plesiomorphous features (see also Calycanthaceae, Platanaceae, Fagaceae, etc.). Ickert-Bond and Wen (2006) give dates for divergence of clades within Altingiaceae; the basal split in the family is between the European + American and East Asian clades, dated somewhere between 19.5 and 54 m.y. before present.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Secretory canals are also reported from Mytilaria (Hamamelidaceae s. str.). There are strongly vascularized structures ("phyllomes") interior to the staminal whorl; these may be staminodia, nectaries or organs sui generis. The orientation of the carpels varies (Bogle 1986). For the interpretation of the knobs, etc., surrounding the carpellate flowers, see Ickert-Bond et al. (2005).
Endocarpial cells are thickened and elongated transverse to the long axis of the fruit, and they look almost palisade in transverse section. The testa is notably thinner than that of most Hamamelidaceae. Ickert-Bond et al. (2005) suggest that in Liquidambar the exotegmen "constitutes most of the seed coat", although it is absent in most Hamamelidaceae, a point also made by others (e.g. Mohana Rao 1974). This is not immediately evident in the sections presented (e.g. Fig. 9, G-J) nor in Melikian (1973) and Zhang and Wen (1996), but if confirmed (see e.g. Ickert-Bond et al. 2007) it will indeed be a sharp difference from the more or less massively mesotestal seeds of most Hamamelidaceae.
For information about Hamamelidaceae s.l., see Bogle (1986: floral morphology, etc.), Ferguson (1989: general, esp. fossils), Melikian (1973: seed coat anatomy), Zavada and Dilcher (1986: pollen), and Endress (1993: general). This and Hamamelidaceae - "micropyle faces upwards"?
Phylogeny. Shi et al. (2001) present a molecular phylogeny of Altingiaceae, and this suggests that there is only one genus, in contrast to a morphological phylogenies (Ickert-Bond et al. 2005, 2007).
Classification. It is best that a single genus be recognised, both because of phylogeny; Liquidambar and Altingia also hybridize (Wu et al. 2010).
[Hamamelidaceae [Cercidiphyllaceae + Daphniphyllaceae]]: ?
HAMAMELIDACEAE R. Brown, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Trees or shrubs, evergreen; (C-glycosylflavones +); (vestured pits +; true tracheids +); sclereids common; (petiole bundles with adaxial bundle; arcuate); stomata variable, inc. laterocytic; hairs stellate (other); leaves two-ranked (opposite, spiral), lamina vernation ± conduplicate-flat or -plicate, (margins entire), stipules cauline; flowers (2-)4-5(-7)-merous; K free to connate; A = and opposite sepals (3-many); staminodia opposite petals, anthers with two pairs of valves, often basifixed, (connective not prolonged); (pollen 6-rugate); nectary ± annular, staminodial, or on base of C [last two the same?]; G , styluli ± long, stigmas with multicellular protrusions, but no papillae; ovules ca 6/carpel, often epitropous, outer integument 6-12 cells across, inner integument 2-3 cells across, (micropyle zig-zag), hypostase +; fruit a loculicidal and septicidal capsule, K often persistent; hilum large, coat often with often discoloration near the hilum, testa thick, hard, multiplicative, exotestal cells thickened (not), mesotesta massive, usually of ± fibrous sclerotic cells, tegmen tanniniferous; endosperm slight, perisperm +, (polyembryony +).
27[list]/82 - four groups below. Tropical to temperate, esp. East Asia to Australia, not South America (map: from Vester 1940; Vink 1957; Ying et al. 1993; Fl. N. Am. 3, 1997; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 1. 2003; Coates Palgrave 2002). [Photos - Collection] [Photo - Flower]
1. Exbucklandoideae Harms
(Venation pinnate), (stipules 0); inflorescence capitate; (C 0); G half inferior, (styluli long); (ovules to 20/carpel; outer integument ca 2 cells across [Exbucklandia]; exotestal cells alone thickened; n = 12, 16.
2/ca 7. East Himalayas and South China to Sumatra.
Synonymy: Exbucklandiaceae Reveal & Doweld, Rhodoleiaceae Nakai
[Mytilarioideae [Disanthoideae + Hamamelidoideae]]: seeds not winged.
(Secretory canals +); nodes 5:5; (stipule 1, tubular - Chunia); (K 0, C 0 - Chunia); (C and A basally fused, forming a tube); G ± inferior; n = ?
2/2. Kwangsi, Laos, Hainan.
[Disanthoideae + Hamamelidoideae]: C ribbon-like, adaxially circinate.
3. Disanthoideae Harms
Plant deciduous; flowers paired; nectary at base of C; anthers with slits; G superior, styluli short, stout; n = 8.
1/1: Disanthus cercidifolius. Japan.
Synonymy: Disanthaceae Nakai
4. Hamamelidoideae Burnett
Plant evergreen or deciduous; (bud scales 0, 1), prophylls 1 (2), basal, then an internode; leaves with pinnate/craspedodromous venation; (K [5-9]); (C not circinate), (0); A -23, centripetal or centrifugal, anthers with 1 or 2 pairs of valves, or slits; tapetum multinucleate; G superior to inferior; (styluli long); ovules 1(-3, 2 sterile)/carpel, (apotropous), parietal tissue 8-10 cells across, (nucellar cap ca 2 cells across); fruit with ballistic dispersal of seeds; (endosperm cellular - Parrotiopsis); n = 12.
23/78. Tropical to temperate, esp. East Asia to Australia, not South America.
Synonymy: Fothergillaceae Nuttall, Parrotiaceae Horaninow
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. The fossil Microaltingia (Altingiaceae) is ca 90 m.y. old (Zhou et al. 2001), and if Hamamelidaceae are close to Altingiaceae, this also gives a minimum age for Hamamelidaceae. Allonia decandra, a fossil probably to be placed in crown-group Loropetalineae, was collected from the Campanian in the eastern U.S.A., it has twice as many stamens as petals and a lobed disc adaxial to them (Magallón-Puebla et al. 1996); the seeds are rather angled, so there may have been more than one per loculus. For the early Tertiary fossil history of what are now East Asian endemic members of the family, see Manchester et al. (2009).
Maslova (2010; see also Maslova et al. 2012) saw fossil Platanaceae and Hamamelidaceae, in particular Hamamelidaceae-Altingioideae, as being related and springing from a polymorphic ancestral group. Maslova's Hamamelidales included Hamamelidaceae, with a number of fossil genera, Platanaceae and several more fossil genera, and Bogutchantaceae (for further details, see Platanaceae) while Sarbaicarpaceae N. Maslova and Kasicarpaceae N. Maslova were both placed in the extinct order Sarbaicarpales N. Maslova, part of the immediately larger group. Variation in this whole group is complex, and whether some characters reflected common ancestry or parallel variation was unclear (Maslova 2010: p. 1456 for a summary). Vavilov's Law of parallel variation was invoked here (Maslova 2010: table 2), and it also helped explain the isomorphic polymorphisms observed in platanoids and altingioids. Maslova (2010) was inclined to reject molecule-based hypotheses of relationships, and Proteaceae barely entered into the discussion; it is unclear what to make of many of these fossils.
Pollination Biology. For the evolution of the flower in Hamamelidoideae, see Magallón (2007; fossils included, optimisation on to more than one topology). There is considerable variation in floral morphology. Corylopsis has rather ordinary-looking flowers with obovate petals, although they are probably derived. In Parrotiopsis there are showy inflorescence bracts, and these are bright red in Rhodoleia, and there the whole inflorescence is very like the flower of, say, Calycanthaceae. Petals may be lost, as in Fothergilla where the inflorescence is made conspicuous by the plump and showy white filaments (see Endress 1978 for a discussion of the floral morphology of Hamamelidaceae without a perianth). Eustigma has quite long white styluli and massive, purplish stigmas that are the most conspicuous parts of the flower.
Fertilization in Hamamelidaceae is often much delayed.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. What is going on with the growth of Exbucklandia? There is variation in the direction of initiation of the stamens in multistaminate androecia (Endress 1976); it can be centripetal (Matudaea) or centrifugal (Fothergilla). Exbucklandia is reported to have a remarkably long outer integument, although it is developed only on one side of the micropyle (Kaul & Kapil 1974).
Some information is taken from Endress (1970, 1976, [floral development] 1993 [general]). For embryology, see also Kapil and Kaul (1974: Parrotiopsis); for seed anatomy, see Mohana Rao (1974), Zhang and Wen (1996), and Benedict et al. (2008: also fruits and fossils), and Magállon et al. (2001 and references) and Zhao and Li (2008) for fossils.
Phylogeny. A clade including Exbucklandioideae and Mytilarioideae was apparent only in the analysis of ITS data and good sampling (75% bootstrap, better if gaps scored as a fifth character state: Li et al. 1999b; c.f. Shi et al. 1998); the three genera have in the past all been placed in separate subfamilies. With rbcL data, Mytilaria alone was rather weakly supported as sister to [Disanthoideae + Hamamelidoideae] (Li et al. 1999a). However, a later two-gene analysis resulted in strong support for the caldes represented by the four subfamilies above and their relationships (Li 2008). Within Hamamelidoideae [Corylopsideae (monotypic) + Loropetaleae (weak support)] were sister to the rest, but tribal interrelationships had for the most part only weak support (Li & Bogle 2001; Li 2008). See Xie et al. (2010) for the phylogeny and biogeography of Hamamelis.
Classification. For a classification of Hamamelidoideae, see Li and Bogle (2001).
[Cercidiphyllaceae + Daphniphyllaceae]: plant dioecious; flowers small, C 0; pistillate flowers: ovary superior; endosperm cellular.
CERCIDIPHYLLACEAE Engler, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Deciduous trees, with short shoots; chalcones, dihydrochalcones +; cork in outer cortex; primary stem with continuous cylinder; prophyll adaxial; leaves usu. opposite, lamina vernation involute, (margins entire), stipule adaxial-petiolar; inflorescence capitate; P 0, floral apex?; staminate "flower": A 16-34 [= several flowers], anthers long; carpellate flower: G free, single, suture appearing to be abaxial, ["1-8", = as many flowers, each subtended by a bract], styluli long, stigmas decurrent their entire length; ovules many/carpel, outer integument 4-5 cells across, inner integument 2-3 cells across; fruit a follicle; chalazal appendage with hair-pin loop vascular bundle; testa undistinguished, exotestal cells enlarged, slightly thickened, tegmen tanniniferous; endosperm slight, suspensor cell single, notably enlarged; n = 19.
1[list]/2. China and Japan (map: from Heywood 1978; Fu & Hong 2000). [Photos - Collection.]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. For the early Tertiary fossil history of Cercidiphyllum, see Manchester et al. (2009). Qi et al. (2012) found substantial genome structure in populations of Cercidiphyllum, which is by no means a relict.
Pollination Biology. Palaeocene fossils (Joffrea) have 2-carpellate flowers borne on an elongated axis with the adaxial sutures of the carpels facing each other (Crane & Stockey 1985, 1986). The "flowers" of today's species can be interpreted as pseudanthia. Each carpel represents a carpellate flower, indeed, the carpels are sometimes slightly separated from one another on the stout green axis, that of the "pedicel"=inflorescence. Both individual carpels and groups of stamens are subtended by bracts and are more or less decussately arranged. Yan et al. (2007) suggest that the bract is "really" a tepal because it is developmentally so different from the vegetative leaves, although it may have teeth or be almost bilobed. On balance, however, it still seems most likely that the structure is a bract, and the abaxial suture of the carpel is probably adaxial with respect to the floral axis that originally bore it.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Takhtajan (1997) describes the venation of leaves on the long shoots as being pinnate, but the main secondary veins all arise within 5(-10) mm of the base.
The filaments are only slightly longer than the anthers... Krassilov and Lowen (2007) suggested that the flower of Cercidiphyllum is unlike that of other Saxifragales (see also Maskova 2010). Soltis et al. (2005: fig. 6:11) suggest perhaps inadvertently that the gynoecium is partly inferior.
For reported variation in nodal anatomy between the long and short shoots, see Howard (1979), and for general information, see Endress (1993).
DAPHNIPHYLLACEAE Müller Argoviensis, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Evergreen trees or shrubs; plants Al-accumulators, route I iridoids, triterpene [squalene] alkaloids +, myricetin, hydrolysable tannins, ellagic acid 0; pericyclic fibres 0; pits bordered; true tracheids +; stomata paracytic (laterocytic, anomocytic); plant glabrous; leaves spiral, lamina vernation ± flat, margins entire, secondary veins pinnate, stipules 0; flowers pedicellate; P +, 2-6 (0); staminate flowers: A 5-12(-24), anthers with slits, basal pit indictinct, filaments with 3 traces, shorter than anthers; pistillode 0; carpellate flowers: P free or connate, or 0; staminodes 0/+; G [2(-4)], placentation apical-axile to parietal, styluli short, recurved, stigmas rather massive, with multicellular protrusions but no papillae; ovules (1)2/carpel, ± apical, pendulous, micropyle exostomal/zig-zag?, outer integument 3-6 cells across, inner integument 4-5 cells across, hypostase +; fruit a 1-seeded drupe; seeds not winged, seed coat persistent but thin-walled and crushed, or endotegmen tanniniferous, walls thickened; perisperm slight, embryo short, cotyledons same width as radicle, (polyembryony +); n = 16.
1[list]/10. East Asia to Malesia (map: from Huang 1997). [Photo - Fruit]
Evolution. Plant-Animal Interactions. Some epiplemine Uraniidae (moths) have caterpillars that eat Daphniphyllaceae - and assorted asterids - probably because of the iridoids they have in common (Lees & Smith 1991).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The pith is at least sometimes septate. The flowers may be secondarily superior (D. Soltis et al. 2003b); staminodes can be found in both staminate and carpellate flowers. Bhatnagar and Kapil (1982) describe the endotegmic cells as being thickened and variously cutinised or sclerotic.
For information on flower, fruit and embryology, see Bhatnagar and Kapil (1982), see Tang et al. (2009) for stomata, etc., and for general information, see Zhang and Lu (1989) and especially Kubitzki (2006b); for a monograph, see Huang (1965).
Previous Relationships. Daphniphyllaceae have been difficult to place, sometimes being associated with Euphorbiaceae, etc., or placed in a separate order in the Hamamelidae (Cronquist 1981). Balanopaceae (see Malpighiales) were included in a bigeneric Daphniphyllanae (Takhtajan 1997).
[[Crassulaceae [Aphanopetalaceae [Tetracarpaeaceae [Penthoraceae + Haloragaceae]]]] [Iteaceae [Grossulariaceae + Saxifragaceae]]]: vessel elements with simple perforation plates; petiole bundle(s) arcuate; cuticle waxes not tubular; venation ± pinnate; ovules apotropous [all?]; K persistent, withered.
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. The age of this clade is some 91-79 m.y. (Wikström et al. 2004).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Mauritzon (1933) provides information on the ovules and endosperm development for many taxa in this clade.
Phylogeny. The relationships [[Crassulaceae [Tetracarpaeaceae [Penthoraceae + Haloragaceae]] [[Saxifragaceae [Iteaceae + Pterostemonaceae]]] Grossulariaceae]] were found by Morgan & Soltis (1993); Aphanopetalum (ex Cunoniaceae) is now to be placed in the first major clade.
[Crassulaceae [Aphanopetalaceae [Tetracarpaeaceae [Haloragaceae + Penthoraceae]]]]: stem with endodermis, lamina venation pinnate, stipules 0; inflorescence cymose; flowers 4-merous;; pollen 3-colporate.
CRASSULACEAE Jaume Saint-Hilaire, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Succulent herbs to soft-stemmed shrubs; mycorrhizae 0; crassulacean acid metabolism common; flavones, acylated flavonol glycosides, sugar reserve as sedoheptulose, non-hydrolysable tannins +, hydrolyzable tannins 0; red pigment common, even in roots; (cork cortical); young stem with separate bundles; (medullary bundles +); sieve tube plastids lacking starch grains and protein inclusions; xylem rayless; nodes also 1:1-3, 3:3, etc.; cuticle waxes very variable; stomata usu. anisocytic; leaves succulent, lamina vernation flat to curved, margins entire, hydathodes +; inflorescence cymose; anthers median sagittate, latrorse; nectaries ± finger-like, at base of carpels [ougrowths of carpels]; G 3-10(-32), ± free, opposite petals, with 5 vascular bundles, (placentation parietal), stigmas punctate to moderately capitate, (wet); ovules 1-many/carpel, micropyle bi(exo-, endo-)stomal, outer integument ca 2 cells across, inner integument 2-3 cells across, nucellar cap ca 4 cells across, nucellar epidermal cells enlarged, apical cells ?tanniniferous, appearing subpalisade, (conducting strand +); (megaspore mother cells several); fruit a follicle; exotestal cells with outer wall ± thickened, inner pigmented layer +; endosperm mostly cellular and variants, chalazal haustorium +, embryo long, suspensor uniseriate, basal cell with mycelium-like haustorial branches; x = 8; germination epigeal and phanerocotylar.
34[list]/1400 - three subfamilies below. Cosmopolitan, esp. the Cape region and Mexico, but few in S. South America and Australia, not in Polynesia, frequently in drier regions. (map: see Hultén 1958; Bywater & Wickens 1983; Jürgens 1995; Thiede 1994, 1995; Fl. China 8. 2001; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 1. 2003). [Photo - Flower]
1. Crassuloideae Burnett
Leaves opposite, lamina with several marginal hydathodes only; stamens = and opposite K, slightly introrse at anthesis; G 3-9, (odd carpel abaxial - Tillaea); parietal tissue 0; follicles releasing seeds through apical pore; testa cells with sinuous anticlinal walls, unipapillate; first division of micropylar endosperm cell in horizontal plane; n = 7, 8.
2/196: Crassula (195). Esp. Southern Africa to S.W. Arabia, "Tillaea" more or less world-wide, the only representative of the family in Australia.
Synonymy: Tillaeaceae Martynov
[Kalanchoideae + Sempervivoideae]: lamina with single (sub)apical hydathode; A obdiplostemonous, introrse only in early bud; (placentae lobed); seeds costate; first division of micropylar endosperm cell in vertical plane; parietal tissue 1-4 cells across.
2. Kalanchoideae A. Berger
Plant ± woody; bufadienolides + [cardiac glycosides]; crystal sand +; (leaves opposite), (margins with teeth); flower -merous; C connate; A with spherical connective prolongation; G ?, (styluli long); (central strand in nucellus); seeds 4-6-costate, with a micropylar corona; x = 9 [n = 9, 17 (18)].
4/200: Kalanchoe (145), Tylecodon (46). Old World, especially the Karroo in southern Africa, but extending to South East Asia and Malesia, not Australasia.
3. Sempervivoideae Arnott
(Pyrrolidine and piperidine alkaloids +, nonhydrolyzable tannins 0 - esp. Sedum acre group); (leaves opposite); flower 4-32-merous; (C connate); G 3-32, nucellus elongated, with central strand; (follicle with abaxial dehiscence - Diamorpha); seeds ³6-costate; suspensor with compound plasmodesmata; n = ³5, much variation.
28/1005: Sedum (420), Echeveria (140), Rhodiola (90), Sempervivum (65), Dudleya (47). Largely N. hemisphere.
Synonymy: Cotyledonaceae Martynov, Rhodiolaceae Martynov, Sedaceae Roussel, Sempervivaceae Jussieu
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Crassulaceae may be some 77-69 m.y. old, with diversification beginning 41-39 m.y. before present (Wikstöm et al. 2001).
Aeonium, a largely Macaronesian genus with the most endemic species there, has striking growth forms, some arborescent, each of which seems to have evolved just once (Mes & t'Hart 1996).
Ecology & Physiology. Members of the family are an important component of the vegetation of the winter rainfall Succulent Karoo of south west Africa (Ogburn & Edwards 2010).
The distinctive wood, which lacks rays and has very short vessel elements with annular and helical thickening, is probably paedomorphic (t'Hart & Koek-Noorman 1989); plant chemistry, in particular the presence of hydrolyzable tannins and the absence of non-hydrolyzable tannins, as in other woody Saxifragales, is consistent with this idea (Thiede & Eggli 2006).
Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) is common throughout the family (e.g. references in Winter & Smith 1996a), interestingly, it has also been reported from aquatic species of Crassula (Keeley 1998).
Some species of Kalanchoe produce plantlets in notches at the margin of the leaf blade; these have rather aptly been called foliar embryos (Yarborough 1932). Both embryogenetic and organogenetic pathways have been coopted, and the young plantlets have cotyledon-like first leaves; species in which development of plantlets is constitutive, i.e. plantlets are produced without the plant being damaged, do not produce viable seed (Garcês et al. 2007).
All ca 200 species of the Echeveria group (Sempervivoideae) appear to be interfertile, a remarkable situation apparently without parallel in flowering plants (Uhl 1992). There have been several origins of sympetaly in Sedoideae s.l. ('t Hart et al. 1999; Carrillo-Reyes et al. 2009); both it and epipetaly tend to be weak. The increase in numbers of flower parts in some Sedoideae - some have a multistaminate androecium - is in the context of an increased merousness of the whole flower; the relation between the number of parts of each whorl is unchanged from that of a basic core eudicot flower (see also the [asterid I + asterid II] clade), i.e. K = C = G; A = 2x C.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Anthocyanin is also found in the roots of Saxifragaceae, as well as Melastomataceae, Balsaminaceae, Asteraceae, Droseraceae, and Francoaceae (Krach 1976; Molisch 1928). Sedoheptulose is the most abundant sugar in Crassulaceae; isocitrate is common, unlike other succulents (Thiede & Eggli 2006). The sieve tube plastids are a distinctive variant, lacking starch, the S0 type (Behnke 1988a). For (mistaken) reports of cortical vascular bundles, see Thiede and Eggli (2006). The leaf blade usually lacks palisade tissue, and there are often stomata on both sides. The stomata may also be heliocytic, with an additional ring of distinct cells outside a basically anisocytic configuration.
There is sometimes only a single vascular trace to the calyx (t'Hart & Koek-Noorman 1989). Anthers early in development are introrse, but often at maturity the sporangia are equidistant from one another (Wassmer 1955). According to D. Soltis et al. (2003b), the ovary is secondarily superior. Although this seems unlikely, the very base of the ovary is sometimes inferior, and the carpels, apparently free, are slightly connate at the base; a small amount of axial tissue is also apparent in the gynoecial region of some taxa (Wassmer 1955, q.v. for gynoecial details). The nucellar epidermal cells seem to be large and more or less radially elongated in Crassuloideae (in particular) and Kalanchoideae; in some Sedoideae megaspores elongate - sometimes those from the same megaspore mother cell - and grow towards the micropyle, and there and in Kalanchoe two embryo sacs may develop (Mauritzon 1933; Subramanyan 1967). Haustoria from places other than the massive suspensor are reported for Crassulaceae (Mickesell 1990). Distinctive compound plasmodesmata in the suspensor cell walls have been found in some Sempervivoideae, although their distribution within the family is unclear (Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno et al. 2011). The testal cells of Crassula often have a single papilla and sinuous anticlinal walls (e.g. Bywater & Wickens 1983). There is no tegmen. Spongberg (1977) notes that the endosperm is usually scanty, while Mabberley (1997) describes it as being copious; the former is correct. For suggestions as to the base chromosome numbers of the family and of its major clades, see Mort et al. (2001).
Some general information is taken from Spongberg (1977); for embryology, etc., see Rombach (1911), Mauritzon (1933: much information), Vignon-Fétré (1968), and Subramanyam (1968, 1970), for floral development, see Nelson (1990), for chemistry, see Stevens (1995), for nodal anatomy, which is variable, see Jensen (1968), for general recent accounts of the family, see Eggli (2003: enumeration of all species) and in particular Thiede and Eggli (2006).
Phylogeny. The basic phylogenetic structure of the family seems fairly well established (e.g. van Ham 1995; van Ham & 't Hart 1998; Mort et al. 2001, 2010 for a summary; Mayuzumi & Ohba 2004). The rather highly derived Crassuloideae are sister to the rest of the family; Kalanchoe and relatives are sister to the rest of Sedoideae, and this is in some respects a rather plesiomorphous group (e.g. Mort et al. 2001; Mort 2002; Thiede & Eggli 2006).
Within Crassuloideae, Tillaea appears to be polyphyletic from within Crassula (Mort et al. 2009; Mort et al. 2010). For the phylogeny of Kalanchoe and variation of CAM within it, see Gehrig et al. (2001) and Kluge and Brulfert (1996). Sedum itself occurs in five of the seven main clades apparent in phylogenetic analyses of Sempervivoideae (van Ham 1995; van Ham & 't Hart 1998; Mayuzumi & Ohba 2004); the limits of Graptopetalum are also unclear, but there is little strong support along the backbone of the tree (Acevedo-Rosas et al. 2004). Within the Acre clade of Sedum, most New World Sedoideae as well as all the old Echeverioideae in the study formed a single clade, although it was only poorly supported (Carrillo-Reyes et al. 2009).
Classification. Within Sempervivoideae, generic limits are unclear, and many genera, some previously placed in what were considered to be different subfamilies, e.g. Sedoideae and Echeverioideae, hybridise (e.g. Uhl 1976; 't Hart et al. 1999). Thiede and Eggli (2006) provide a guide through the chaos; note that they prefer to retain a paraphyletic Sedum, although this wil have to be dismembered or its cirumscription dramatically increased. For Kalachoe, see Descoings (2006).
Previous Relationships. Crassulaceae have been linked with Rosaceae and Podostemaceae because of embryological similarities... (Rombach 1911).
[Aphanopetalaceae [Tetracarpaeaceae [Penthoraceae + Haloragaceae]]]: ?nodes 1:1; fruit indehiscent.
APHANOPETALACEAE Doweld Back to Saxifragales
Scrambling shrub; chemistry?; vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates; pericyclic fibres 0; petiole with 3 (1) bundles; leaves opposite, teeth with a single vein and a distinct dark apex, stipules +, looking like teeth; inflorescence axillary, cymose or flowers solitary; hypanthium short; K large, petal-like, C 0 [rudiments visible only when very young]; pollen with rugulate-stellate surface; G seminferior, opposite petals, style single, with four canals, branches short; ovule 1/carpel, apical, pendulous, epitropous; fruit a nut, K enlarging; seed coat?; endosperm development?, embryo curved, size?; n = ?
1/2. W. and E. Australia (map: partly from FloraBase 2004). [Photo - Flower.]
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The ray parenchyma stores starch. Two small bundles soon diverge from the main leaf trace. It is unclear if the stipules "are" stipules or colleters (Kubitzki 2006b).
As in Saxifragaceae and Iteaceae, the vascular trace in the petal plane gives a branch to the lateral sepal position, also carpel wall and lateral carpel traces and a single stamen trace; the trace in the sepal plane supplies the carpel wall and median carpel bundle and provides a stamen bundle.
Some information is taken from Jensen (1968: vascular system), Bensel and Palser (1975b: floral anatomy), Dickison (1980b: nodal anatomy), Dickison et al. (1994: anatomy) and Kubitzki (2006b: general).
[Tetracarpaeaceae [Penthoraceae + Haloragaceae]]: ?
Classification. Although combination of these three rather small families was an option in A.P.G. II (2003), there seems to be little or nothing holding them together morphologically (see also Moody & Les 2007) and they are kept separate in A.P.G. III (2009).
TETRACARPAEACEAE Nakai Back to Saxifragales
Evergreen shrub; chemistry?; plant glabrous; leaves spiral, petiole short; inflorescence terminal, racemose; (flowers 5-merous), floral apex convex; C spatulate; A 4-8, basal pits?, fibrous endothecium 0; nectary 0; G free, 4 (5), opposite petals, style short, stigma not expanded; ovules many/carpel, micropyle exostomal, parietal tissue ca 4 cells across; fruit a follicle; exotestal cells ± elongated longitudinally, outer walls thickened, no mechanical layer; endosperm cellular, embryo small; n = ?
1/1: Tetracarpaea tasmannica. Australia, Tasmania only. [Photo - Habit.]
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The lamina teeth are perhaps hydathodal, but there are no water pores. The ovary is apparently secondarily superior (D. Soltis et al. 2003b).
See Mauritzon (1933: ovules), Hils et al. (1988: anatomy) and Kubitzki (2006b: general) for information.
[Penthoraceae + Haloragaceae]: ± herbaceous; embryo long.
PENTHORACEAE Britton, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Rhizomatous herbs; flavonoids +, flavones, myricetin, non-hydrolysable tannins 0; cork ?; young stem with pseudosiphonostele; endodermoid layer?; pericyclic fibers 0; leaves spiral, lamina amphistomatic, vernation supervolute, teeth hydathodal, colleters +; inflorescence terminal, cymose; flowers 5-7-merous, hypanthium +; C 0(-7); A 2x K, lacking a basal pit, latrorse; pollen oblate; G [5-8], half inferior, opposite sepals, apical parts free, becoming superior, placentae intrusive, styluli submarginal, stigmas capitate; ovules many/carpel, micropyle?, funicles long; free part of each carpel basally circumscissile in fruit; exotestal cells with outer wall ± thickened, papillate, micropylar operculum endostomal, tegmen otherwise crushed; cell at end of suspensor large; n = 8 (9).
1[list]/2. East and South East Asia, E. North America (map: from Hong 1993; Fl. China 8. 2001). [Photo - Penthorum Inflorescence]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Although stem group Penthoraceae have been dated to 77-69 m.y. before present (Wikström et al. 2001), the E. North American/East Asian disjunction is dated to 6.5-2.4 m.y. before present (Thiede 2006 for references).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Cork in the root is initiated in a superficial position (van Tieghem 1899). The sepals are unequal in size and the bracts are lateral to the pedicels. There is a much-enlarged but non-dividing micropylar cell in the embryo suspensor - c.f. Haloragaceae and their haustorial suspensor. Danilova (1996) shows the carpels as opposite to the calyx. The first two pairs of seedling leaves are opposite.
See Spongberg (1972, in Saxifragaceae: general), Haskins and Hayden (1987) and Gornall (1998: as Saxifragaceae), both anatomy, Nemirovich-Danchenko (1994b: seeds), and Thiede (2006: general) for information.
HALORAGACEAE R. Brown, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Aquatic or amphibious herbs to shrublets (small trees); flavones +, flavonols 0; cork ?; often calcium oxalate crystals in hair-like cortical cells; cuticle waxes 0 (parallel platelets); leaves opposite (spiral), (pinnately compound), lamina vernation conduplicate-flat, colleters +?; plant monoecious (dioecious; flowers perfect), inflorescence dichasial, cymose or fasciculate, or flowers solitary; flowers small, (2-3-merous); K valvate, C deciduous, (0); A 8, (= and opposite sepals), anthers much longer than filaments, (apiculate), basal pits?; pollen trinucleate, 4-6(-20)-aperturate, -colpate or -porate; ovary inferior, (sub 1-locular), opposite petals or odd member adaxial, styluli with swollen bases, stigmas (sessile), capitate or not, penicillate, dry; ovules 1(2)/carpel, apical, pendulous, apo(epi-)tropous, outer integument 2-3 cells across, inner integument ca 2 cells across, parietal tissue 2-3 cells across, nucellar cap +/0, postament +, poorly developed funicular obturator +; embryo sac with antipodal cells persistent; fruit nut-like, (schizocarpic), exocarp often ornamented, stones 1- or 4-seeded; exotesta (and hypodermal layer) persistent, thin-walled, rest obliterated; endosperm, (nuclear), starchy, haustorial suspensor +, (embryo short), cotyledons rather short; n = 6, 7 (8).
8[list]/145: Myriophyllum (60). World-wide, but especially Australia (map: from van Steenis 1962; Hultén 1958, 1971; van der Meijden 1971; Wood 1972; Orchard 1981; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 1. 2003). [Photo - Collection.]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Hernández-Castillo and Cevallos-Ferriz (1999) suggest that the fossil Tarahumara sophiae (found in Mexico in deposits laid down ca 70 m.y. before present) had carpels free from one another but adnate to a hypanthial wall (c.f. some Rosaceae-Spiraeaoideae-Pyrinae), while its fruit is described as being drupe-like. Although perhaps assignable to this part of the tree, its morphology is unlike that of any extant member of Haloragaceae. Proserpinaca is a common fossil in Europe and Asia, but the genus is no longer found there.
Pollination Biology. In some species of Haloragodendron the whole inflorescence is coloured. Trihaloragis has flowers in which all whorls are trimetous, very unusual in eudicots, and Moody and Les (2007) point out the extensive variation in floral merism in the family.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Nodal anatomy was observed in Haloragis erecta and Laurembergia, vernation in the first. Pelargonidin occurs in leaves, as in Saxifragaceae (Doyle & Sogin 1988). Adventitious roots arise between the leaves in Haloragis. Myriophyllum appears to have endostomal ovules (Batygina et al. 1985), while Bawa (1970) noted that the archesporial cell (megaspore mother cell) was hypodermal, i.e. the ovule is tenuinucellate. nijalingappa (1975) described the embryo sac of Haloragis micrantha as having a hypostase; there is definitely a postament... Corner (1976) described the endosperm as being starchy.
Some information is taken from Orchard and Keighery (1993: Meziella); see also Praglowski (1970) for pollen. Orchard (1975) provided a partial monograph of the family (Antipodean taxa), with much detail about floral anatomy, etc., and Kubitzki (2006b) summarized what is known about it.
Phylogeny. See Moody and Les (2001, 2004 and especially 2007, note that in the latter study the nuclear ITS was in some conflict with chloroplast genes) for relationships within the family, which may have an Australian origin. The woody [Glischrocaryon + Haloragodendron] clade is sister to other Haloragaceae, although the monophyly of the two genera themselves is not certain. Much of the rest of the family forms a single clade, but relationships within it are uncertain, Meionectes and Proserpinaca in particular not having a definite position (Moody & Les 2007). The trimerous Trihaloragis is sister to all other members of this clade (Moody & Les 2007). for the phylogeny of Haloraghis (and the disappearance of Meziella) see Moody and Les (2009).
Previous Relationships. The monotypic Haloragales were placed near Saxifragales by Takhtajan (1997) or linked with Gunneraceae and placed next to Myrtales, as by Cronquist (1981). Historically Gunneraceae and Haloragaceae have been associated, although their pollen is quite different (e.g. Praglowski 1970), the perianth of Gunneraceae is not differentiated into two whorls of sepals and petals, etc.; for the former, see Gunnerales.
Synonymy: Cercodiaceae Jussieu, Myriophyllaceae Schultz-Schultzenstein
[Iteaceae [Grossulariaceae + Saxifragaceae]]: (vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates); leaves spiral; hypanthium +; stamens = and opposite K; ovules many/carpel; fruit a septicidal capsule.
ITEACEAE J. Agardh, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
C-glycosylflavones +; placentation axile, micropyle?, style well developed; endosperm sparse.
2/21. Rather scattered, warm temperate to tropical.
Shrubs; ?chemistry; conical to peltate glandular hairs +; stipules cauline, minute; inflorescence a corymbose cyme; bracteoles 0, hypanthium?, K valvate; filaments flattened, toothed, anthers with basal pits?, 5 staminodes opposite petals; pollen 3-colporate; nectary 0; G , largely inferior, orientation?, (styluli ± radiating), stigma capitate, ?type; ovules 4-6/carpel, ascending, apotropous, parietal tissue ca 7 cells across; C also persistent in fruit; seed coat "cartilaginous"; n = ?
1[list]/3. Mexico (map: from Smith et al. 2004).
Synonymy: Pterostemonaceae Small, nom. cons.
Trees to shrubs; allitol +, flavonols, ellagic acid 0; hairs unicellular; young stem with separate bundles; pith chambered; lamina vernation conduplicate, margins spiny- or gland-toothed, stipules small, on petiole base or adjacent stem; inflorescence axillary, (branched) racemose; flowers rather small; C valvate; anthers lacking basal pits, connective forming apical protrusion; pollen bilateral, 2-porate, ektexine homogeneous; nectary annular, at base of hypanthium; G  to subinferior, styles postgenitally fused at least at the stigma, stigma punctate-lobed, wet; parietal tissue 3(?-7) cells across; exotestal cells with outer walls thickened; (endosperm moderate - Itea rhamnoides), embryo incumbent; n = 11.
1[list]/18. South East Asia to W. Malesia, E. North America, E. and S. Africa (map: from Mai 1985; Aubréville 1974a; Coates Palgrave 2002; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 1. 2003). [Photo - Itea Flower.]
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. The fossil Divisestylus, from the late Cretaceous some 90 m.y. before present and perhaps part of the Itea clade, has five stamens opposite the sepals and ovaries and stigmas fused, but there are separate styles - just like Itea. However, the pollen is tricolpate and striate, suggesting that the 2-porate pollen mentioned above is not a synapomorphy for the whole clade (Hermsen et al. 2003), merely for extant Itea. However, the distinctive pollen of Itea is known fossil in Europe in the Eocene and somewhat later in North America (Hermsen et al. 2003); fossils in western North America have been dated to 59-42 m.y.a., although there is some uncertainty here, or ca 3.7 m.y.a. in Western Europe (Hermsen 2013).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. For the chemistry of Itea, see Bohm et al. (1999). Pterostemon also has flavones, in this being like other Saxifragales. Choristylis (= Itea) lacks axial parenchyma.
The ovule of Itea is sometimes described as being unitegmic, with the integument 6-7 cells across, but this appears to be incorrect (Kubitzki 2006b). Although the carpels are free initially, they become connate, even along the style (Ge et al. 2002), so perhaps the styles are more accurately described as being postgenitally connate styluli.
For additional information, see Mauritzon (1933: ovules), Spongberg (1972: general), Bensel and Palser (1975b: floral anatomy), Ramamonjiarisoa (1980: anatomy), Gornall et al. (1998: general), Ge et al. (2002: floral development) and Kubitzki (2006b: general).
The pericyclic fibres of Pterostemon seem to be weakly developed and the androecium is obdiplostemonous. Similar peltate glandular hairs are known from Grossulariaceae. For more information, see Goldberg (1986), Wilkinson (1994, 1998) and especially Kubitzki (2006b: as Pterostemonaceae), but the genus is not well known.
Classification. Combination of Iteaceae and Pterostemonaceae was optional (as Iteaceae s.l.), see A.P.G. II (2003); this broadened circumscription was formally adopted by A.P.G. III (2009).
[Grossulariaceae + Saxifragaceae]: glandular hairs +; secondary veins palmate; G [2-3]; (postament +); (endosperm helobial); germination epigeal, cotyledons expanded.
GROSSULARIACEAE de Candolle, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Shrubs; cork cambium outer cortical/pericyclic; underground stems with endodermis; pericyclic fibres 0; axial parenchyma 0; petiole bundles ± connate; lamina vernation conduplicate-plicate, margins also lobed, some teeth hydathodal, leaf base broad and with thin margins, (paired prickles at the nodes); inflorescence axillary, leafy below, racemose; pedicels articulated, bracteole single; (flowers 4-merous), hypanthium forming an obvious tube, nectary at base, C small, open, (staminodes +; A 10); pollen 5-15-porate, with distinctively rugose ectoapertures, tectum complete; G inferior, usu. median, placentation parietal, style single, long, stigma capitate, wet; ovules with exostomal micropyle, outer integument 3-5 cells across, inner integument ca 2 cells across, parietal tissue 3-4 cells across, postament +; fruit baccate; seeds hard, arillate, exotestal cells palisade, mucilaginous, all told this layer 3-6 cells across, endotestal cells crystalliferous, radial and inner walls lignified, ?tegmen cells elongated, tanniniferous; endosperm hemicellulosic, embryo short, accumbent; n = 8, chromosomes 1.5-2.5 µm long.
1[list]/150: Ribes. Temperate N. hemisphere, also along the Andes (map: from Hultén 1968; Hultén & Fries 1986; Jalas et al. 1999; Fl. China 8. 2001; Malyschev & Peschkova 2004). [Photos - Collection.]
Evolution. Plant-Animal Interactions. The fruits of Ribes are an important food for Andean frugivorous birds. Several species of insects have been recorded as eating species of Ribes (Weigend 2006).
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. A number of fungi, including the ecomonically very important white pine blister rust (the basidiomycete Cronartium ribicola), spend part of their life cycle on the plants of this genus. In some places in North America attempts - largely unsuccessful - have been made to eradicate Ribes so as to disrupt the life cycle of this damaging fungus, Ribes harbouring the telial stage.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Stem collenchyma is well developed. Nectar glands on the anthers are reported from some species. There is considerable variation in pollen morphology, and Ribes divaricatum has pentacolpo-di-orate pollen (Weigend 2006).
Some information is taken from Stern et al. (1970) and Cutler and Gregory (1998), both anatomy, Klopfer (1969a, 1973) and Shamrov (1998: ovule); see Weigend (2006) for a general account.
Phylogeny. Weigend et al. (2002) and Senters and Soltis (2003) suggest phylogenies for Ribes.
Previous Relationships. Grossulariaceae as circumscribed by Cronquist (1981) are very heterogeneous, and include genera now placed in Phyllonomaceae (inc. Dulongiaceae), Escalloniaceae (both asterid II), Montiniaceae, Tribelaceae (both asterid I), Tetracarpaeaceae, Iteaceae (including Pterostemonaceae), and Celastraceae (Brexiaceae) (all rosids).
Synonymy: Ribesiaceae Marquis
SAXIFRAGACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Herbs, rhizomatous or stoloniferous, mycorrhizae 0 [?how common]; cork also pericyclic; young stem with separate bundles; nodes also 1:1, 1:2 and 3<:3<; petiole bundles also annular (with medullary or adaxial bundles); hairs (uni-)multiseriate with multicellular glandular head; leaves (opposite), lamina vernation variable, (margins entire), (secondary veins pinnate), (leaf base broad, sheathing), colleters +; inflorescence terminal; A 10, obdiplostemonous; nectary +, ± annular (0); G superior to inferior, (free), carpels with 5 bundles, apical parts quite often free, orientation variable, placentation parietal to axile, styluli ± long, adaxially channeled, stigmas spatulate to capitate, wet or dry; outer and inner integuments ca 2 cells across, parietal tissue 3-5 cells across, nucellar cap +; fruit also a follicle; exotestal cells with outer wall (radial walls) ± thickened, variously ornamented, inner pigmented layer +, (endotegmen crystalliferous); endosperm moderate, embryo medium (large), embryo incumbent; radicle with anthocyanin; n = (5-)7(+); chloroplast rpl2 intron 0.
Ca 33[list]/540 - two groups below. Mostly N. temperate and Arctic (S. temperate, tropical mountains) (map: from Hultén 1958, 1971; Meusel et al. 1965; Fl. China 8. 2001; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 1. 2003). [Photos - Collection]
1. Saxifraga L. s. str.
(Flowers obliquely monosymmetric); (C 0, A 5); (pollen trinucleate).
1/370-500. Mostly Arctic and northern montane, Saxifraga magellanica grows along the Andes.
2. The Rest.
(Leaves palmately or ternately compound), (stipule adaxial, basal or sub-basal on petiole, persistent, or paired, cauline [Astilbe]); flowers (3-10)-merous; (hypanthium 0); K 0-10, (C laciniate or toothed; 0-6); (A 3-15; obhaplostemonous - Chrysosplenium); pollen colpate, colporate, or 6-9-porate; nectary disc-like (0); G [(3-5)]; ovules unitegmic; (endotegmen thick-walled [Heuchera, Tolmeia]).
Ca 30/170: Micranthes (70), Chrysosplenium (55), Heuchera (35). Mostly N. temperate (tropical montane and Arctic).
Synonymy: Brachycaulaceae Panigrahi & Dikshit, Chrysospleniaceae Berchtold & J. Presl, Pectiantiaceae Rafinesque
Evolution. Divergence & Distribution. Tylerianthus, in Late Cretaceous deposits from eastern North America of ca 90 m.y. age, has been linked with Saxifragaceae; it has nectaries on the upper part of the inferior ovary, five sepals, five stamens opposite the sepals that alternate with five long, linear staminodes (Gandolfo et al. 1998b: also compared with Hydrangeaceae).
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. The moth Greya (Prodoxidae), related to Tegeticula, of yucca moth fame, is both a seed predator and pollinator of some Saxifragaceae (Segraves & Thompson 1999); this association is being studied in considerable detail, clarifying the diversification of both plant and pollinating seed parasite (Rich et al. 2008 and references). It has even been suggested that the general lability of ovary position in the family (e.g. Klopfer 1972b) is connected to selection by such pollinators (Soltis & Hufford 2002); protected, i.e. inferior, ovaries will be favoured. Mitella (and a few other Saxifragaceae) is very largely pollinated by fungus gnats, and this association seems to have evolved in parallel. Flowers of Mitella, which has turned out to be polyphyletic, that are pollinated by fungus gnats are often more or less broadly saucer-shaped and the petals have very narrow lobes (Okuyama et al. 2008).
The seeds of a number of forest-dwelling Saxifragaceae are dispersed by rain, whether by a splash cup mechanism, as in Mitella, or by the seeds being thrown from the fruit as it moves violently after being hit by a drop of water, as in Heuchera.
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. Short-cycle Puccinia rusts (Uredinales, basidiomycetes) are frequently found on Saxifragaceae (Savile 1979a, b).
Genes & Genomes. Introgressive hybridisation in the Heuchera clade is extensive and there are various combinations of chloroplast and nuclear genomes, for example, the chloroplast genome of Tellima is also found in Mitella (e.g. Soltis et al. 1993).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The distribution of druses and acicular crystals is of systematic interest (Gornall 1987); only Saxifraga s.l. has been studied in detail. Over 50 vascular bundles may enter the petiole base in some taxa. Hydathodes are common.
In at least some species of Saxifraga, and in Astilbe and Rodgersia, the two carpels are oblique, but in the latter two this is associated with inverted floral orientation, the odd K being abaxial. Many other taxa have median carpels (Eichler 1878; Engler 1930a; Eckert 1966). Variation in ovary position within the family is extreme, even occurring within genera and between the different morphs of heterostylous flowers (e.g. Kuzoff et al. 2001; Soltis & Hufford 2002). In Chrysosplenium one carpel is open, the other closed. Darmera has only a single integument and it is 4-6 cells thick (Gornall 1989). There is considerable variation in endosperm development, Mauritzon (1933) describing some taxa as having helobial endosperm.
In Saxifraga s. str. the diploid chromosome number varies from 12-ca 200, in Micranthes from 10-120.
Some information is taken from Morf (1950) and Spongberg (1972), details of vegetative anatomy from Thouvenin (1890) and Gornall (1998), of embryology from Mauritzon (1933: much detail) and Vignon-Fétré (1968), of floral morphology from Klopfer (e.g. 1968, 1970a, b) and Klopfer and Ziesing (1971), of seed morphology from Knapp (1998), and details of floral anatomy from Bensel and Palser (1975b). Given the history of the family, some references contain information about a diversity of other families (e.g. Klopfer 1973: floral morphology).
Phylogeny. There are two major clades in Saxifragaceae, Saxifraga s. str., largely arctic-alpine, and the Heuchera clade, which includes the rest of the family; the latter includes much more morphological variation and is predominantly temperate in distribution (Soltis et al. 2001; Xiang et al. 2012). The inflorescence of Saxifraga s. str. often has cauline bracts, however, that of Darmera, including species that used to be included in Saxifraga, is scapose, and there are pollen and testa surface differences between the two.
Classification. McGregor (2008) provides a useful and well-illustrated summary of the ornamentally important Micranthes and Saxifraga. Generic limits in the Heuchera clade are unclear (Soltis et al. 1996, and refs.; Okuyama et al. 2008).
Previous Relationships. In the past, genera "intermediate" between the variable Saxifragaceae and other families tended to be included in Saxifragaceae. This was because the inclusion of more odd genera in Saxifragaceae would have little effect on the family description since there was already so much variation included in it. However, if placed in the more homogeneous Crassulaceae, for example, such genera would greatly affect the description of that family and hence make it less discrete. However, many woody, tenuinucellate and unitegmic genera that used to be included in Saxifragaceae have turned out to be entirely unrelated either to other members of that family as it is circumscribed here or to each other, indeed, there was clearly a division between Saxifragaceae + Grossulariaceae, with their petals that remain very small for quite some time during development, and Hydrangeaceae, with their relatively faster-developing petals (as is common is asterids) and septicidal capsules (Gelius 1967). Of Saxifragaceae in the old and broad sense, the woody Escallonia (Escalloniales, asterid II/campanulid), Hydrangea and relatives (Cornales: some species are more or less herbaceous) and many other woody taxa are asterids, while the herbaceous Parnassia is in Celastraceae-Celastrales (a conclusion in agreement with data from floral anatomy - e.g. Bensel & Palser 1975a, d). However, the unitegmic Darmera is properly to be retained in Saxifragaceae (Gornall 1989). Fehrenbach and Barthlott (1988) included Dichroa (Hydrangeaceae-Cornales), Francoa (Francoaceae-Geraniales), Vahlia (unplaced asterid I/lamiid), as well as Penthorum (Penthoraceae) and Saxifragaceae s. str. in their survey of cuticle waxes, but no significant differences between the species in these very different groups were noted.
CYNOMORIACEAE Lindley, nom. cons. Back to Saxifragales
Echlorophyllous, root parasite; vessel elements?; cork?; plant glabrous; leaves spiral; plant monoecious, inflorescence clavate; bracts deltoid; flowers minute; P +, (1)4-5(-8), basally connate or not; staminate flowers: A 1, adnate to P; pollen colporate; suborbicular/cristate nectary-stylodium +; carpellate flowers: staminodia 0; G 1, inferior, style long, channeled; ovule 1/carpel, apical, pendulous, straight, unitegmic, integument 5-7 cells across, nucellar cap +?; fruit an achene; testa ca 7 cells across, persistent, cells little thickened; endosperm cellular, copious, thick-walled, embryo undifferentiated; n = 12, size strongly bimodal.
1[list]/2. Mediterranean to C. Asia (map: from Jalas & Suominen 1976; Jäger et al. 1985; Hansen 1986; Flora of China 13, 2007 [approx.]; Trop. Afr. Fl. Pl. Ecol. Distr. 5. 2010). [Photo - Habit © D. L. Nickrent.]
Evolution. In the Mediterranean area the host is often a member of Cistaceae or Amaranthaceae, elsewhere Cynomorium parasitizes Amaranthaceae, Tamaricaceae, Nitrariaceae, etc. (Jäger at al. 1985).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The root has root hairs. Perfect flowers are also known. The perianth is less well developed in pistillate than in staminate flowers, and there is debate as to its morphological nature. The pistillode in staminate flowers may be superior or inferior, according to Hooker (1856), clearly a matter that should be cleared up. The channeled style has two vascular bundles, together a rather odd combination.
For details of seed anatomy, see Takhtajan (2000), for morphology, see Weddell (1860), for ovule, etc., see Juel (1902) and Teryokhin et al. (1975), for some chemistry, see references in Zhang et al. (2009), and for general information, see the Parasitic Plants website (Nickrent 1998 onwards) and also Heide-Jørgensen (2008).
Previous relationships. Cynomoriaceae have usually been included in Balanophoraceae or Balanophoranae (e.g. Cronquist 1968; Takhtajan 1997), or their position has seemed to be completely uncertain (see above).