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Gene flow between closely related species is a frequent phenomenon that is known to play important roles in organismal evolution. Less clear, however, is the importance of hybridization between distant relatives. We present molecular and morphological evidence that support origin of the plant genus Physacanthus via "wide hybridization" between members of(More)
Neotropical ecosystems house levels of species diversity that are unmatched by any other region on Earth. One hypothesis to explain this celebrated diversity invokes a model of biotic interactions in which interspecific interactions drive diversification of two (or more) lineages. When the impact of the interaction on diversification is reciprocal,(More)
As part of our study of the Acanthaceae of Costa Rica and from a phylogenetic study of Ruellia as a whole, we place R. barbillana and R. metallica in synonymy with R. terminalis. We discuss species limits of R. terminalis and provide a key that distinguishes it from close relatives including R. grantii, R. oaxacana, and R. phyllocalyx. Ruellia puri is put(More)
With more than 1,200 species, Ruellieae is a taxonomically and ecologically diverse tribe in the Acanthaceae. In recent years, numerous morphological and phylogenetic studies have contributed important new information about species belonging to this tribe, yet basic anatomical knowledge of lineages within Ruellieae is relatively scarce. The objective of the(More)
  • Yongbin Zhuang, Erin A. Tripp
  • 2017
The genus Ruellia (Wild Petunias; Acanthaceae) is characterized by an enormous diversity of floral shapes and colours manifested among closely related species. Using Illumina platform, we reconstructed the draft genome of Ruellia speciosa, with a scaffold size of 1,021 Mb (or ∼1.02 Gb) and an N50 size of 17,908 bp, spanning ∼93% of the estimated genome(More)
BACKGROUND New combinations of divergent genomes can give rise to novel genetic functions in resulting hybrid progeny. Such functions may yield opportunities for ecological divergence, contributing ultimately to reproductive isolation and evolutionary longevity of nascent hybrid lineages. In plants, the degree to which transgressive genotypes contribute to(More)
Barleria grootbergensis I. Darbysh. & E. Tripp is described from the Grootberg Pass in Kunene Region, Namibia. Its affinities within Barleria sect. Somalia are discussed. A second taxon, named as Barleria galpinii C. B. Clarke in the Prodromus einer Flora von SüdwestAfrika, is reassessed and found to be referable to B. pseudosomalia I. Darbysh., a species(More)
Due to a production error, an out-of-date (uncorrected) pdf of this paper was uploaded onto Springerlink, and used for the print version of Kew Bulletin 67 (4): 759 – 766 (10.1007/s12225-012-9393-1). Consequently the authority abbreviation for the second author was incorrect. The new species name is published again below with the correct authority. Barleria(More)
The crustose pyrenolichen Arthopyrenia betulicola is described as new to science based on collections from high elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern North America. The species is hypothesized to be endemic to the southern Appalachian Mountains where it occurs only on the bark of mature yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis). It is a(More)
Mastication is a forest fuel thinning treatment that involves chipping or shredding small trees and shrubs and depositing the material across the forest floor. By decreasing forest density mastication has been shown to lessen crown fire hazard, yet other impacts have only recently started to be studied. Our study evaluates how mastication treatments alter(More)
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