Three families, Anarthriaceae, Restionaceae and Centrolepidaceae, are generally recognised in the restiid clade of Poales. A new phylogeny is presented, with fuller sampling of Australian taxa, based on analyses of trnL-F, trnK and rbcL data from the chloroplast
genome. The findings agree with the major groups shown in previous molecular studies but provide a more substantial basis for reviewing the classification at family and generic levels. Anarthriaceae is sister to Restionaceae, with Anarthria sister to Lyginia+Hopkinsia.
Centrolepidaceae, on an extremely long branch, appears embedded in Restionaceae in Bayesian trees; although it appears as sister to Restionaceae in analyses that are more subject to long-branch attraction (in parsimony analyses and those of data from the less-conserved trnL-F cpDNA
region). Accepting the embedded position, which would make this a subfamily of Restionaceae, the basal division in the Restionaceae separates the African subfamily Restionoideae from the Australasian clade (Sporadanthoideae, Centrolepidoideae, Leptocarpoideae). In subfamily Leptocarpoideae,
Eurychorda forms the basal branch. At the next dichotomy the Leptocarpus clade, together with the Winifredia clade, is separated from a diverse assemblage including Loxocarya, Chordifex, Baloskion, Desmocladus, Lepidobolus and allied
genera. The phylogeny indicates that several currently recognised genera are not monophyletic and that changes to the generic classification are required. A matrix of morphological characters was prepared and these were mapped onto the Bayesian consensus DNA tree to identify synapomorphies
of the clades and genera. Observations on leaf laminae indicate that fully or partially unifacial leaf laminae are a synapomorphy of the restiid clade. The morphological characterisation of the following are considered: the restiid clade, Anarthriaceae, Restionaceae enlarged to include subfamily
Centrolepidoideae, Leptocarpus s.l. (including as potential synonyms Meeboldina and Stenotalis) and Desmocladus s.l. (including potentially Harperia, Onychosepalum and Kulinia).
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National Herbarium of New South Wales, Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia;, Email: [email protected]
National Herbarium of New South Wales, Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
National Herbarium of New South Wales, Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery
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Publication date: 20 February 2014
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