Title: A new herbaceous genus endemic to Madagascar: Phialiphora (Spermacoceae, Rubiaceae)
Authors: Groeninckx, Inge ×
Briggs, Marie
Davis, Aaron
De Block, Petra
Robbrecht, Elmar
Smets, Erik
Dessein, Steven #
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: International Bureau for Plant Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Series Title: Taxon vol:59 issue:6 pages:1815-1829
Abstract: Phialiphora Groeninckx is described as a new herbaceous genus of Rubiaceae, endemic to NW Madagascar. The genus belongs to the predominantly herbaceous tribe Spermacoceae, and comprises two species: P. bevazahensis Groeninckx and P. capitulata Groeninckx. Phialiphora is unique within Spermacoceae in having heart-shaped placentas distally attached to the septum with a stalk. The generic name refers to the involucrate head-like inflorescences. Molecular data, based on atpB-rbcL, petD, rps16, and trnL-trnF sequences, demonstrate that Phialiphora belongs to the Hedyotis-Oldenlandia complex of the tribe Spermacoceae. The genus shares a common ancestor with the Madagascan endemics Astiella Jovet, Thamnoldenlandia Groeninckx and Amphistemon Groeninckx. Our study supports the hypothesis that the current diversity of Spermacoceae on Madagascar is the result of several independent colonisation events since the Eocene, most likely by long-distance dispersal from the African continent. A key to the genera of Spermacoceae on Madagascar is provided.
ISSN: 0040-0262
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Plant Systematics and Ecology Section - miscellaneous
Laboratory for Plant Systematics (-)
× corresponding author
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