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Melaleuca revisited: cpDNA and morphological data confirm that Melaleuca L. (Myrtaceae) is not monophyletic

Edwards, Robert; Craven, Lyn A.; Crisp, Michael; Cook, Lynette


With about 335 species, the tribe Melaleuceae comprises a major lineage within the Australian Myrtaceae. Here we investigate relationships within Melaleuceae using cpDNA sequences (ndhF) and 27 morphological characters. We find strong evidence for the non-monophyly of Melaleuca, with all other currently recognized genera of Melaleuceae (Beaufortia, Calo-thamnus, Conothamnus, Eremaea, Lamarchea, Petraeomyrtus, Phymatocarpus, Regelia) falling within that genus. Our findings are broadly consistent...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Taxon


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