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Martinez-Habibe, Maria [1], Daly, Douglas [2].

An orphan genus in a tropical country: Andean Dacryodes (Burseraceae).

Tackling the systematics of one of the most difficult genera in the Burseraceae has provided insighs into the practice of neotropical botany during the last 50 years. On one hand, we have been able to describe 26 new species of Dacryodes, but the date of the collections on which they are based revealed a decline in documentation of plant diversity. We discuss how the study of Dacryodes reflects the troublesome reality of many genera with an apparent rare distributions, small flowers, fruits eagerly consumed by dispersers, and lack of essential field data. This study highlights once again the treasury hidden in biological collections and we propose strategies for improving the documentation of neotropical plant biodiversity.

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1 - Universidad del Norte, Chemistry and Biology Department, Km 5 via Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla, Atlantico, 081007, Colombia
2 - ISB, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 10458, United States

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 37, Systematics III--Monocots 2 to Caryophs
Location: 111/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: 37011
Abstract ID:443
Candidate for Awards:None

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