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Plant Diversity

Our plant systematics research focuses on discovering, documenting and classifying plants (including algae), and understanding their relationships and evolution. We are the leading agency for plant systematics in NSW. The primary focus of our research is the native flora of NSW, but we also take an active interest in plants of neighbouring states, countries and sources of naturalised plants - after all, plants don’t respond to political boundaries! 

Our systematics research involves: discovering, naming and describing plant species, determining and characterising the relationships between plant taxa, and modifying plant classification to reflect improved knowledge of plant relationships

Mutual pollination system involving Boronia (Rutaceae) and moths of the Heliozelidae

Phylogeny and biogeography of Boronia (Rutaceae)

Ecdeiocoleaceae of Australia

Liliales phylogeny and chronology

Restionaceae and Anarthriaceae of Australia

Carex (family Cyperaceae) – classification and phylogeny of a big global genus

The biosynthesis and evolution of pseudo-pheromones in Chiloglottis orchids

Revision of the legume genus Indigofera (Fabaceae) in Australia

Morphological and molecular phylogeny of the red algal Laurencia complex for Australia

Lepidosperma (family Cyperaceae): classification and phylogeny of a big Australasian sedge genus

Muehlenbeckia (family Polygonaceae) – a Gondwanan group

Studies in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae)

A molecular and morphological phylogeny of the Phebalium Group (Rutaceae)

Systematics of Australian Plectranthus (Lamiaceae; native mints)

Systematics of the Prostantheroideae (native mints; Lamiaceae): resolving tribal, generic and sectional limits

Floral evolution in the Proteaceae

Nomenclature and evolutionary relationships of bracken ferns (Pteridium) world-wide 

Schoenus (Cyperaceae tribe Schoeneae): classification and phylogeny of a big sedge genus

The Australian Spermacoceae (Rubiaceae: Rubioideae): systematics, evolution and historical biogeography

Phylogeny, phylogeography and species limits within kangaroo grasses, the genus Themeda (Poaceae)

Cyperaceae tribe Schoeneae: classification and phylogeny of a Gondwanan group of sedges

Diversification and species limits within the Australian Utricularia (bladderworts, Lentibulariaceae)