Evolution of the explosive style movement in Marantaceae

Set up of tension and functional anatomy of the style, Collaboration with Dr. Markus Jerominek, Oldenburg

Secondary pollen presentation and synorganisation of floral structures in Marantaceae

Flower ecology and phylogeny of African Marantaceae

Experimental investigations into the growth form of African liana Hypselodelphus

Resupination in Thalia

recently completed theses


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Claßen-Bockhoff R. Heller, A. 2008: Floral synorganisation and secondary pollen presentation in four Marantaceae from Costa Rica. Int. J. Plant Sci. 169: 745-760.

Claßen-Bockhoff R., Heller A. 2008: Style release experiments in four species of Marantaceae from the Golfo Dulce area, Costa Rica. Stapfia 88: 557-571

Claßen-Bockhoff R., Pischtschan E. 2000: The explosive style in Marantaceae - preliminary results from anatomic studies. In Spatz HC. & Speck T. (eds.): Plant Biomechanics 2000: 515-521. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Dworaczek E, Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2016. `False resupination´ in the flower-pairs of Thalia L. (Marantaceae). Flora 221: 65-74.

Jerominek M, Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2015. Electrical Signals in Prayer Plants (Marantaceae)? Insights into the Trigger Mechanism of the Explosive Style Movement. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126411.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126411

Jerominek M, Will M, Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2018. Insights into the inside - a quantitative histological study of the explosive style movement in Marantaceae. Front. Plant Sci. (accepted)

Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2010: Parallel evolution in plant pollinator interaction in African Marantaceae. In van der Burgh, X., van der Maesen, J., Onana, J.M. (eds.), Systematics and Conservation of African Plants: 847-854. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2011: Evolution in African Marantaceae - Evidence from phylogenetic, ecological and morphological studies. Syst. Bot. 36:277-290

Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2011: Ontogenetic and phylogenetic diversification in Marantaceae - a review. In Wanntorp, L., Ronse de Craene, L. (eds.) Flowers on the Tree of Life: 236-255. Cambridge University Press.

Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2012: Five new species of African Marantaceae from Gabon. Adansonia, sér. 3, 34: 37-52

Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2012. Floral synorganization and its influence on mechanical isolation and autogamy in Marantaceae. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 168: 300-322

Ley A, Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2013 Breeding system and fruit set in African Marantaceae. Flora 208: 532-537

Pischtschan E., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2008: Setting-up tension in the style of Marantaceae. Plant Biol. 10: 441-450.

Pischtschan E., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2010: Anatomic insights into the thigmonastic style tissue in Marantaceae. Plant Syst. Evol. 286: 91-102

Pischtschan E., Ley A., Claßen-Bockhoff R. 2010: Ontogenetic and phylogenetic diversification of the hooded staminode in Marantaceae. Taxon 59: 1111-1125