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Variation in the Eucalyptus gunnii-archeri complex. I. Variation in the adult phenotype


Potts, BM and Reid, JB, Variation in the Eucalyptus gunnii-archeri complex. I. Variation in the adult phenotype, Australian Journal of Botany, 33, (3) pp. 337-359. ISSN 0067-1924 (1985) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1985 CSIRO

DOI: doi:10.1071/BT9850337


A study of variation in the E. gunnii-archeri complex indicates continuous variation between the taxa E. gunnii Hook.f. and E. archeri Maiden & Blakely. Populations assigned to either taxon are normally allopatric but intergrade in an area of parapatry in central Tasmania. The E. gunnii-archeri complex is shown to comprise a multidimensional, clinally varying series of highly differentiated populations. In part, population differentiation appears to result from the interaction of multicharacter clines which parallel several major habitat gradients. This variation is summarized by classification of populations into five main phenetic groups. Whilst considerable differentiation occurs between disjunct stands, a large portion of the variation in the complex occurs in the more or less continuous central stands. In this area, major independent clines are associated with increasing exposure to the alpine environment and the north-south transition between subspp. gunnii and archeri. A peak in variability in geographically intermediate populations is apparent along the latter, but not the former, cline. In addition, it is shown that parallel clines in flowering time have the potential to retard gene flow along these clines. It is suggested that parallel clines which incidentally influence gene flow may be of considerable significance in parapatric differentiation and the origin of reproductive isolation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:Reid, JB (Professor Jim Reid)
ID Code:87045
Year Published:1985
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-11-06
Last Modified:2013-12-02

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