Phylogeny and diversification of Myrtaceae

Phylogeny and diversification of Myrtaceae

Phylogeny and diversification of Myrtaceae
Myrtaceae

Fleshy fruits have evolved independently several times amongst Myrtaceae. Using a family-wide phylogeny, Biffin et al. (pp. 79–93) find that the parallel evolution of fleshy fruit was accompanied by a positive shift in diversification rates for the tribes Syzygieae and Myrteae, and that fleshy fruits may thus represent a ‘key innovation’ for evolution of rainforest Myrtaceae.

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