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Dodonaea P. Miller. Varnishleaf, Hopbush.

Contributed by K.M. Bradley & A.S. Weakley

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A genus of about 65-67 species, shrubs, mainly Australian, a few species pantropical or isolated in the New World tropics. West (1984) provided a treatment of Dodonaea based primarily on the Australian center of distribution of the genus, and recognized multiple taxa as subspecies of Dodonaea viscosa. She placed FL material in two subspecies, both of which are widely distributed pantropically. Harrington & Gadek (2009) found coherent patterns of genetic differentiation in the complex, including consistent sequence differentiation of their American samples from Old World samples; although they offered no formal taxonomic treatment, they argued that uncertain correlation of molecular and morphologic differences and the young age of complex might warrant treating D. viscosa as a broadly defined "ochlospecies". It does not seem reasonable to taxonomically submerge important differentiation within this lineage, but it also seems clear that the current treatment of FL material is merely provisional.

Ref: Acevedo-Rodríguez (2014); Acevedo-Rodríguez et al. (2011) In Kubitzki (2011); Brizicky (1963); Harrington & Gadek (2009); Leenhouts (1983); Lippold (1978); Tomlinson (1986); West (1984). Show full citations.

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