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A phylogenetic analysis of the Eucryphiaceae


Taylor, FJ and Hill, RS, A phylogenetic analysis of the Eucryphiaceae, Australian Systematic Botany, 9, (5) pp. 735-748. ISSN 1030-1887 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/SB9960735


A range of characters from modern and fossil species are used to present a phylogeny of Eucryphia Cav. (Eucryphiaceae). Amongst the extant taxa, the Australian species form a monophyletic group, but the South American species are paraphyletic. This, coupled with their present-day distribution and the fossil record, supports the view that Eucryphia had a Gondwanic origin at least 50 million years prior to the disruption of Australia from Antarctica. Although based on a limited data set with only vegetative characters available, the inclusion of the fossil members of Eucryphiaceae has demonstrated several trends that have been inferred to represent a response to the changing climatic conditions of the Cenozoic. These responses have included a general decrease in leaf size, loss of serrate leaf margins and the development of peltiform cuticular extensions on the abaxial leaf surface. These extensions may aid in decreasing transpirational water loss and/or increasing frost resistance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Taylor, FJ (Miss Fiona Taylor)
UTAS Author:Hill, RS (Professor Bob Hill)
ID Code:6945
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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