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Taxonomic interpretations of Australian native bamboos (Poaceae: Bambuseae) and their biogeographic implications

Franklin, Donald C. (2008). Taxonomic interpretations of Australian native bamboos (Poaceae: Bambuseae) and their biogeographic implications. Telopea,12(2):179-191.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 73283902xPUB75
Title Taxonomic interpretations of Australian native bamboos (Poaceae: Bambuseae) and their biogeographic implications
Author Franklin, Donald C.
Journal Name Telopea
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0312-9764   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-56549108834
Start Page 179
End Page 191
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication Sydney
Publisher National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Field of Research 0603 - Evolutionary Biology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Australia’s three native bamboo species – Bambusa arnhemica, Mullerochloa moreheadiana and Neololeba atra – are restricted to northern Australia. The most parsimonious explanation for the occurrence of bamboo in Australia is that there have been at least three founder events from Asia, but other possibilities exist including an Australian radiation involving Neololeba and Mullerochloa. Bambusa arnhemica may be allied to the Asian B. blumeana which occurs as close as Timor. I summarise historical evidence and biogeographic patterns for B. arnhemica, and describe the flowering wave phenomenon in the species, evidence which collectively suggests that B. arnhemica is neither very ancient nor very recent in origin. Current studies of the population genetics of B. arnhemica, and of the relationship between Australian and Asian bamboos, may yield fascinating further biogeographic insights.
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