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Botany paper receives national award

Michael Vincent, curator of Miami’s Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium, and Matthew Sewell, former botany master’s student, are co-authors of a paper that received the 2007 Richard and Minnie Windler Award. The award is given annually for the best paper in plant systematics, taxonomy or floristics published in Castanea the preceding year.

Castanea is the quarterly publication of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

Their paper “Biosystematics of the Phacelia ranunculacea Complex (Hydrophyllaceae),” presented morphological analyses of the Phacelia ranunculacea complex, members of which are herbaceous annuals and occur on floodplains and in hardwood forests throughout eastern North America. The distribution of the complex displays a disjunct distribution (widely separated geographically, precluding genetic exchange) between the Midwest and Atlantic coastal plain. Vincent and Sewell’s analysis revealed two distinct clusters of specimens that resulted in recognition of two taxa (classification category): P. ranunculacea sensu stricto and P. covillei.

Sewell is lab manager for the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies at The New York Botanical Garden.

Date Published: 01/17/2008
Volume: 27   Number: 13

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