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31 May 2017 Splitting Caldesia in favour of Albidella (Alismataceae)
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Phylogenetic analyses based on 10 molecular markers unquestionably support a sister relationship between Albidella nymphaeifolia and the Caldesia oligococca species group. The type species of the genus Caldesia is excluded from this monophylum. These results are unsurprising in the light of morphological characteristics, but require three new combinations in Albidella to render both Albidella and Caldesia monophyletic. These new combinations are provided here. Under the new circumscription, Albidella shows a disjunct distribution pattern, with one species in the Caribbean region and three species distributed from tropical Africa and along the margins of the Indian Ocean to Australia.

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Samuli Lehtonen "Splitting Caldesia in favour of Albidella (Alismataceae)," Australian Systematic Botany 30(1), 64-69, (31 May 2017). https://doi.org/10.1071/SB16050
Received: 22 March 2016; Accepted: 1 February 2017; Published: 31 May 2017
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