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December 10, 2013



Not so boring Urticaceae? A framework for the study of over 2,000 species of tiny flowered weeds


Alex Monro

Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Wednesday 11 December 11:00
Sir Neil Chalmers seminar room, Darwin Centre LG16 (below Attenborough studio)

The Urticaceae comprise ca 2,500 species in ca 50 genera. The family was last monographed by Hugh Algernon Weddell in 1856 whose beautifully detailed illustrations still provide the most informative images for this families tiny flowers. I have been studying the family for ca 15 years and in collaboration with Zeng-Yuan Wu we have generated a phylogenetic tree that once will  provide a context for exploring the evolution of these uncharismatic but fascinating plants. I will provide a summary of some of the most promising lines of research as they appear to me.


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