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Neupane, Suman [1].

Evolution and diversification of woody life form on tropical mountains in the tribe Spermacoceae (Rubiaceae).

The tribe Spermacoceae is primarily a pantropical group (~ 1000 species, 60 genera) in the Rubiaceae family. The group is primarily dominated by herbaceous species that are often weedy in nature. However, some of its members are semi-woody perennials to small shrubs and understory trees. These woody clades also exhibit a narrow and montane distribution and high species endemism in their habitat compared to their herbaceous sister lineages. In my presentation, I will address the timing and routes of ancient dispersal events that led to the evolution and diversification of three woody clades in the tropical mountains of Andes, Asia and the Pacific.

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1 - University of Connecticut, EEB, 75 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT, 06269-3043, USA

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 21, Cooley Awards I
Location: 201/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM
Number: 21014
Abstract ID:532
Candidate for Awards:George R. Cooley Award

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