A chequered history: the taxonomy of Ficus platypoda and F. leucotricha (Moraceae: Urostigma sect. Malvanthera) unravelled

Dixon, Dale J. (2001) A chequered history: the taxonomy of Ficus platypoda and F. leucotricha (Moraceae: Urostigma sect. Malvanthera) unravelled. Australian Systematic Botany, 14 (4). pp. 535-563.

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Abstract

A revision of the species complexes of 'Ficus platypoda' and 'Ficus leucotricha' (Moraceae: Urostigma sect. Malvanthera Corner) is presented. A phenetic analysis of morphometric characters using clustering techniques and multidimensional scaling was used to identify the taxa in each species complex. Two species from each complex are recognised and include Ficus brachypoda (Miq.) Miq. and here described Ficus atricha D.J.Dixon from the 'F. platypoda' complex and F. platypoda (Miq.) A.Cunn. ex Miq. and here described Ficus cerasicarpa D.J.Dixon from the 'F. leucotricha' complex. Each Ficus species is pollinated by a morphologically distinct pollinator wasp. Ficus platypoda is pollinated by Pleistodontes cuneatus Wiebes. Ficus cerasicarpa, F. atricha and F. brachypoda are pollinated by wasps that are new species yet to be described. The nomenclature of F. brachypoda and F. platypoda is discussed and a key to the species as well as notes and distribution maps are provided for all four species.

Item ID: 13122
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1446-5701
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 06:09
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