Discovery through illustration - botanical art, traits and their phylogeny in the Haemodoraceae

Ellen Hickman

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Scientific discovery through the process of botanical illustration, identified novel morphological traits. These novel discoveries when combined with the most recent molecular phylogenies, may reveal traits of phylogenetic significance. Historical and
contemporary illustrations of Haeinqdoraceae provided novel discoveries: to support two new genera - Cubanicula and Paradilatris; to support the elevation of Schlekia subspecies to species rank; traits to support clades identified in the most recent molecular phylogeny; unique placental characters in Barberetta and Phlebocarya; a variety of colours in the floral structures of Haemodorum species; and several previously unrecorded characters that help identify tiumdins (Tribonanthes) in a new taxonomic revision.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date18 Dec 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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