Systematics of the Aquatic Angiosperm Genus Myriophyllum (Haloragaceae)

@inproceedings{Moody2010SystematicsOT,
  title={Systematics of the Aquatic Angiosperm Genus Myriophyllum (Haloragaceae)},
  author={Michael L. Moody and Donald H. Les},
  year={2010}
}
  • M. MoodyD. Les
  • Published 20 September 2010
  • Biology, Environmental Science
Abstract The angiosperm genus Myriophyllum (Haloragaceae) is among the most species-rich genera of aquatic core-eudicots. Myriophyllum has a cosmopolitan distribution with its center of diversity in Australia (> 37 endemics). The widespread invasive species of the genus (M. aquaticum, M. heterophyllum, and M. spicatum) have drawn attention from international natural resource managers. Myriophyllum species are notoriously difficult to identify using vegetative morphology alone, which commonly… 

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