Major advances in our understanding of New World Morning Glories

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  • March 17, 2020
  • A major advance in revealing the unknown plant diversity on planet Earth is made with a new monograph, published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys. The global-wide study, conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford, lists details about each of the 425 New World species in the largest genus within the family of morning […]

    “Oldest bamboo” fossil from Eocene Patagonia turns out to be a conifer

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  • February 4, 2020
  • A recent examination revealed that Chusquea oxyphylla, a fossilised leafy branch from the early Eocene in Patagonia, which has been widely cited as the oldest bamboo fossil and as evidence for a Gondwanan origin of bamboos is actually a conifer. The results of the finding are published in the open-access journal Phytokeys.

    CASE STUDY: Data audit for the “Vascular plants dataset of the COFC herbarium (University of Cordoba, Spain)”, a data paper in PhytoKeys

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  • October 17, 2019
  • Following the submission of their data paper manuscript, which serves to describe the herbarium dataset of vascular plants at the University of Cordoba (Spain), to the open access journal PhytoKeys, Dr Gloria Martínez-Sagarra and Prof Juan Antonio Devesa received a data audit report, prepared by data specialist Dr Robert Mesibov.  As part of the routine […]

    Plant diversity and endemism in China: unreachable locations and diverse microclimates

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  • August 29, 2019
  • A new issue of the scholarly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys focuses on the Chinese biodiversity hotspots and their substantial role in understanding the country’s unique flora. The special issue embarks on a treasure hunt into China’s biodiversity hotspots, including the descriptions of 23 species previously unknown to science and new insights into the ecological […]

    Scientists challenge notion of binary sexuality with naming of new plant species

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  • June 19, 2019
  • A collaborative team of scientists from the US and Australia has named a new plant species from the remote Outback. Bucknell University biology postdoctoral fellow Angela McDonnell and professor Chris Martine led the description of the plant that had confounded field biologists for decades because of the unusual fluidity of its flower form. The discovery, published in […]

    New perennial brome-grass from the Iberian Peninsula named after Picos de Europa National Park

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  • April 24, 2019
  • Picos de Europa National Park has given its name to a new species of perennial bromegrass, discovered in Spain. Bromus picoeuropeanus belongs to a rather underrepresented on the Iberian Peninsula perennial group within the grass genus Bromus, with the new species being just the fourth of all recognised wild species living in the Iberian territory. […]

    Aloe sanguinalis, a new red Aloe from Somaliland

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  • February 14, 2019
  • Aloe sanguinalis, or Somali Red Aloe, forms large, conspicuous clumps and has blood red sap. Its can easily be spotted from the road, but the species has only just been named and described in the open access journal PhytoKeys. It remains a mystery how this beautiful and showy aloe species has remained undescribed by science […]

    Brazil-endemic plant genus Mcvaughia highlights diversity in a unique biome

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  • February 12, 2019
  • The small genus is found exclusively in the recently recognized Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests biome. A new species of the Brazil-endemic small genus Mcvaughia is described as part of a extended revision of this unique group. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Mcvaughia is a genus of the plant family Malpighiaceae comprising just three known species, all […]

    Sticky and heavily armed, a tomato-relative is the new ‘star’ of the Brazilian inselbergs

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  • November 20, 2018
  • Armed with long thorns and sticky stems, newly described plant Solanum kollastrummight look like a villain by plant standards, but a closer look on this curious new species will reveal its star-like nature in the context of its ecosystem. Recently described in open access journal PhytoKeys, this newly discovered tomato relative boasts stems densely armed with prickles […]

    An overlooked giant: useful and abundant, African ‘Zam’ palm newly described for science

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  • November 8, 2018
  • Common sight along road sides in south Cameroon and western Gabon, and growing in hard-to-be-missed dense colonies, it remains a mystery how this locally useful new palm species Raphia zamiana (locally known as “Zam”) has been missed by botanists until now, with its first collection dating to 2012. The overlooked giant has been recently described […]