Untangling the complex taxonomic history of a Neotropical liana genus

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  • January 29, 2018
  • While untangling the complex taxonomy of Neotropical liana genus Pachyptera, scientists Ms. Jéssica Nayara Carvalho Francisco and Dr. Lúcia Garcez Lohmann from the University of São Paulo used integrative taxonomy to help them recognize five well-defined species, one of which newly described from Colombia and Venezuela. The monograph study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. How […]

    Two Caribbean bird-catcher trees named after two women with overlooked botanical work

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  • September 26, 2017
  • Known for their biodiversity richness, the Caribbean Islands are now adding two new species of bird-catcher trees to their list of botanical treasures. Commonly referred to as bird-catcher trees, the species whose ripe fruits are sticky and can be glued to birds, are from the four-o’clock family (Nyctaginaceae) and only found in Puerto Rico. Baptised Pisonia […]

    Connecting plants and society: The Shenzhen Declaration, a new roadmap for plant sciences

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  • September 18, 2017
  • Environmental degradation, unsustainable resource use, and biodiversity loss are just a few points in the long list of pertinent issues that call for collaborative solutions from science and society together. Unanimously supported by participants at the XIX International Botanical Congress, held in July 2017, Shenzhen, China, the Shenzhen Declaration for Plant Sciences, runs under the slogan […]

    A new critically endangered tree species depends on unique habitat found only on Kaua’i

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  • August 16, 2017
  • A new tree species, Melicope stonei(Rutaceae or citrus family), endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, is already assessed as Critically Endangered according to IUCN criteria. The newly described Melicope is apparently restricted to unique old growth forest featuring a combination of tree species that are only found on Kaua’i. The volcanic island of Kaua`i is the oldest of the […]

    Newly established, a national park in Australia unveils a new plant species

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  • June 28, 2017
  • A team of botanists from the US has named a new bush tomato species, based on collections made by their Australian colleagues, during government-funded surveys in a brand new national park. After looking at collections from biodiversity surveys of a 10,000 km2 area now known as Limmen National Park, Bucknell University biology professor, Chris Martine, […]

    150-year Syzygium records gap on Sulawesi ends with 5 new species in the world’s largest tree genus

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  • June 19, 2017
  • It seemed rather unusual that the largest tree genus, Syzygium, containing over 1500 species, was only represented by about a dozen of records on the biodiversity-rich island of Sulawesi, the latest new species description dating back to the mid-19th century. One hundred and fifty years onward, a new article published in the open access journal […]

    RAINBIO: a mega database improves knowledge on distribution of vascular plants in tropical Africa

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  • March 7, 2017
  • Last November, PhytoKeys published an exciting paper on the launch of the first-of-its kind RAINBIO mega database of tropical African vascular plant distributions. The publication is part of the RAINBIO project (African RAIN forest community dynamics: implications for tropical BIOdiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, http://rainbio.cesab.org) funded by CESAB (CEntre de Synthèse et d’Analyse sur […]

    A new species of quillwort named for the US state of Mississippi

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  • November 22, 2016
  • Stunningly underwhelming, species of the genus Isoetes, commonly known as quillworts, bear amazing similarity to grass plants with which they are often confused. The US state of Mississippi has now given its name to a new species of the enigmatic quillwort group. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. The new species, […]