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Unformatted text preview: Types of Classifications Classifications are orderly ways to present information and, depending upon their objectives, can be artificial, natural, or phylogenetic (phyletic), which includes phenetic and cladistic. Artificial and natural classifications Classifications that use single or at most only a few characteristics to group plants usually are artificial classificationsthat is, all the plants in a single group share the same characteristics, but they are not closely related to one another genetically. Popular floras (books to identify plants of a certain area) sometimes group plants using color of their flowers, or their growth form (trees, shrubs, herbs, and so on). Although such books are useful in finding the names of taxa, they provide few clues about relationships among the taxa and hence are not predictive, which means that you can deduce nothing more about the plant other than that it exhibits the characteristics used to classify it. deduce nothing more about the plant other than that it exhibits the characteristics used to classify it....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08