We have been sharing our research on clonal meetings already for three decades. A red line going through all those meetings is the idea that it is super nice to be a clonal plant: clonal plants may forage for nutrients, they may share resources, they are good in competition, survive stressful conditions, thrive under recurrent disturbance, they reproduce without sex, and, consequently, all plants want to be clonal and therefore clonality was invented during evolution repeatedly in different clades. But is this perception of clonality really valid? Last research shows that clonality is easily gained and easily lost in evolution and that clonal plants, although they are prevailing in some vegetation types, they may be rather rare in others. In my talk I will highlight questions that we should be asking to get a more realistic view of clonality in plants.
Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ-37901 Třeboň, Czech Republic. Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Benátská 2, CZ-128 01 Praha 2, Czech Republic.