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Phylogeny of New Zealand Plants icon Phylogeny of New Zealand Plants

..... depicting evolutionary relationships and classification of New Zealand plants.

New Zealand was once part of the ancient landmass, Gondwana, but has been isolated by the southern oceans for the last 80 million years. It is an island archipelago that straddles latitudinal zones from the subantarctic to subtopics. The landscape has been sculpted by shifting sea levels, uplift of high mountain ranges, glaciation, volcanism, and extensive braided river systems. Partly because of the environmental diversity and its geographical isolation, the New Zealand flora is diverse and largely endemic. This web site aims to depict the phylogenetic relationships of New Zealand plants.

Click here to begin exploring the phylogenetic trees... Hyperlinks at the root and the tips of the trees lead to related phylogenies.

The icon is a link to the New Zealand Plant Names database, which provides supplementary information about the taxonomy and distribution of New Zealand Plants.




Wagstaff SJ, Cochrane MJ, Wilton AD. 2004. Phylogeny of New Zealand Plants. last updated 04-Feb-2016