Relationships of the Galapagos flora



Joseph Dalton Hooker's pioneer 1847 paper on Galapagos plants and their relationships is a classic in the field of phytogeography. It was the first study of its kind to be published, comparing the islands' flora with island and continental floras elsewhere, hypothesizing on the dispersal mechanisms of the plants, and pointing out anomalies in the inter-island distributions of the native species. These are still three of the primary concerns of contemporary phytogeographers, and the present paper contrasts Hooker's findings with those of today. Despite the accumulation of a large amount of data since his time, many of Hooker's conclusions regarding Galapagos phytogeography remain valid.