Stenomesson variegatum

David Victor
Wed, 21 Sep 2005 11:45:19 PDT
>What is a "clade"?
>Mark McDonough,,

Hi Mark,

A clade is a group of species with a common ancestor.  In cladistics, the 
interest is in how today's plants have developed from earlier plants and 
their relationships across time to other plants.  You can compare this to 
taxonomy, where the interest is in plants today and how they relate in 
hierarchical terms with other related plants.

Having said that, I am no expert in this area, I just happen to know a few 
bits and pieces.  If you are interested further you could look at "clade" 
in the Wikipedia or through Google.

However, expert or not, I find this kind of information just helps me to 
understand my plants better!

Best regards,
David Victor 

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