An artist's portrait of Charles
Linné, father of taxonomy.
Precious information about environments and
paleoenvironments can be gathered from pollen and spores because they are
widespread and resistant to decay. For this matter, a fair amount of research
has been done on organizing the grains into an extensive classification. This
system helps palynologists reconstruct paleoenvironments and more specifically
the floral elements. For the purpose of this web page however, only the more
general and more common classes will be described. The terms used are
adjectives defining specific morphological traits.