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About Phylogeny of He Whanaketanga o Ngä o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants

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Aims of this web site

The aim of this site is to summarise information about the phylogenetic relationships of New Zealand plants. There is a wealth of published information on the New Zealand flora, but much of it is not readily accessible to biodiversity managers. At present much of this information is scattered and lacks a clear New Zealand focus.

We hope to bridge this gap by demystifying phylogenetic information and making it more readily available to biodiversity managers in New Zealand. This information will be accessible from a single web portal, Nga Tipu o Aotearoa – New Zealand Plants, with hyperlinks to the Landcare Research plant databases.

The site consists of:

  • A set of nested trees that provide an overview of the phylogenetic relationships of the indigenous New Zealand flora.
  • Links between these trees and the New Zealand Plant Names database, taxonomic literature, the Allan Herbarium Specimen database, and the digitised Floras

Visitors to the site can navigate across phylogenetic trees that depict the most ancient lineages of green organisms and land plants to spectacular adaptive radiations in genera such as Aciphylla, Brachyglottis, Celmisia, Hebe, and Ranunculus that have occurred in recent times.

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Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge financial support for the development of this site received from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme (http://www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/information/tfbis/).

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