Journal article

Classification, origin, and diversification of the New Zealand hebes (Scrophulariaceae)

SJ Wagstaff, MJ Bayly, PJ Garnock-Jones, DC Albach

ANNALS OF THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN | MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN | Published : 2002

Abstract

The New Zealand hebes (Scrophulariaceae) are members of a large Southern Hemisphere clade nested within Veronica. Analysis of ITS and rbcL sequences suggests that the New Zealand species are derived from a single common ancestor that arrived via Long-distance dispersal. After the establishment of this initial founder population in New Zealand, the hebes have undergone at least two major episodes of diversification, giving rise to six clades. The great degree of morphological diversity in the New Zealand hebes contrasts with a corresponding low level of sequence divergence. New Zealand was a source of new emigrants to other regions in the South Pacific that were preadapted to high mountains o..

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