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The application of a cladistic analysis to the classification and identification of Weinmannia (Cunoniaceae) in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands

Jason C. BRADFORD

en Adansonia 23 (2) - Pages 237-246

Published on 28 December 2001

Weinmannia species from Madagascar are currently difficult to identify with available published accounts due to both a paucity of qualitative characters used in identification keys, and a large number of undescribed species. However, newly recognized morphological characters, especially of the inflorescence, can be used to diagnose Malagasy sect. and species-groups. These characters, used previously for a comprehensive cladistic analysis of the genus Weinmannia (Bradford 1998), are applied here in diagnoses and a key to the resulting sections and species-groups of Weinmannia in Madagascar.

Keywords :

Weinmannia, Cunoniaceae, cladistics, classification, taxonomic keys, inflorescence, Madagascar, Comoro Islands

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