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Taxonomy, biogeography and evolution of plants
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Schoenus (Cyperaceae) is not monophyletic based on ITS nrDNA sequence data

Paul M. Musili A C , Adele K. Gibbs A , Karen L. Wilson B and Jeremy J. Bruhl A
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A Botany, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia.

B National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.

C Corresponding author. Present address: East African Herbarium, Botany Department, National Museums of Kenya, PO Box 40658 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Email: pmutuku@museumsor.ke

Australian Systematic Botany 29(5) 265-283 https://doi.org/10.1071/SB15046
Submitted: 18 November 2015  Accepted: 16 September 2016   Published: 22 December 2016

Abstract

We used nuclear rDNA-sequence data from the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region to test the monophyly of Schoenus by using maximum parsimony and Bayesian inference. Schoenus is not monophyletic, with strong bootstrap support for most branches and congruence across analyses. nrITS does not resolve terminal taxa fully and, therefore, needs to be used in combination with other lines of evidence to address questions of species limits.


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