Historical biogeography of Caribbean plants: introduction to current knowledge and possibilities from a phylogenetic perspective

  title={Historical biogeography of Caribbean plants: introduction to current knowledge and possibilities from a phylogenetic perspective},
  author={Eugenio Santiago-Valent{\'i}n and Richard G. Olmstead},
Knowledge of the evolution and biogeography of the Caribbean biota comes primarily from faunal studies, in spite of the tremendous richness of the Caribbean flora. The limited data to assess Caribbean phytogeography comes from fossils, floristic distributions, and phylogenetic studies. The geology in the Caribbean is extremely complex, but it is widely accepted that part of the Greater Antilles are old and precede the emergence of the Lesser Antilles and the Panamanian isthmus. Cuba and… 

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