A Phylogeny of Begonia Using Nuclear Ribosomal Sequence Data and Morphological Characters

@inproceedings{Forrest2005APO,
  title={A Phylogeny of Begonia Using Nuclear Ribosomal Sequence Data and Morphological Characters},
  author={Laura L. Forrest and Mark Hughes and Peter M. Hollingsworth},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract With ca. 1400 species, Begonia is one of the largest plant genera. To address the evolution of Begonia we have produced maximum parsimony cladograms for nuclear large subunit and internal transcribed spacer sequence data in combination with 34 informative morphological characters. Data were obtained from 64 species of Begonia, the monotypic genus Hillebrandia, and both species of Datisca. The resulting phylogenetic hypotheses supported three main clades within Begonia, two internally… 
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