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Pacific Biogeography

Williams, Justin [1], Tripp, Erin [2].

Resolving enigmatic taxonomy and evolution of the endemic Hawaiian mints.

Endemic Hawaiian mints represent one of the largest radiations of plants within Hawaii, yet surprisingly little is known about them. In fact, our current understanding of the species is blurred, with circumscriptions ranging from 59 extant species to over 250 species. Like many endemic Hawaiian organisms, this system faces a myriad of extinction threats, with nearly half the species being federally listed. Yet, how can we protect these species if we do not understand species boundaries? This study aims to resolve species relationships within and among Stenogyne, Phyllostegia,and Haplostachys in order to allow conservationists to make well-informed decisions and to provide a foundation from which questions about the evolutionary history of this group can be answered.

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1 - University of Colorado Natural History Museum, Department of Botany, Clare Small Building, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
2 - University Of Colorado Museum Herbarium, UCB350, Clare Small Building, Basement, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States

Tropical Biology
molecular phylogenetics

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: CO03, Pacific Biogeography
Location: San Luis 2/Starr Pass
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: CO03003
Abstract ID:1066
Candidate for Awards:George R. Cooley Award

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