I can’t find a free article on this, I’ll look more later; maybe jstor has one. From the abstracts that I have seen, it appears that there is consensus that plants have a lot of convergent evolution going on. Does this explain why there are herbs and woody in most plant families? I was trying to figure out how both trees and herbs seem to evolve from one family to another. I’m thinking that it is the herbs that evolve and then some of those go woody. The Asteraceae is considered the most evolved (or derived) and it has very few woody members so my thought process seems like it might have merit.
Or maybe I’m completely confused. If so, can someone please explain to me how the dandelion in my back yard has more evolutionary history behind it than a Magnolia tree?