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What Is a Species?

 
     
 
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Plant Classification
  Early Efforts at Plant Classification
  Carolus Linnaeus
  The Theory of Evolution
  Problems in Classification
  Monophyletic or Polyphyletic?
  System of Plant Classification
  What Is a Species?

A common but somewhat difficult question to answer is, “What is a species?” The easy answer is “all of the same kind.” This answer might be expanded to mention that the members of a species have mutual fertility and that a species is reproductively isolated from other species. These latter two claims do not entirely fit, however. Thus, the struggle to define the term species goes on. The claim that a species is all of the same kind, however, still holds.




 
     
 
 
     



     
 
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