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Wood Anatomy of Myrtaceae

A survey of the wood anatomy of Myrtaceae is being conducted. This will form part of the next volume of Anatomy of the Dicotyledons. The tribe Chamelaucieae, which has been neglected in the past is a particular centre of attention.

A scalariform perforation plate in Ugni; softening wood samples; microtome sectioning. © Eve Lucas

An investigation of the wood anatomy of Myrtaceae is timely, since recent molecular phylogenetic analysis has clarified many of the generic relationships in Myrtaceae, enabling us to put wood anatomical data in a phylogenetic context. There is already much published information on the wood anatomy of some commercial timbers of Myrtaceae, such as the economically significant and very large genus Eucalyptus, but little information is available on many less commonly exploited taxa from the South American tribe Myrteae and the Australian shrubby tribe Chamelaucieae. We are therefore concentrating on collecting data for these less well known taxa.

An account of the wood anatomy of Myrtaceae is being prepared for the next volume of Anatomy of the Dicotyledons. 
Key publications since 2006
  • Lucas, E.J., Harris, S.A., Mazine, F.F., Belsham, S.R., Nic Lughadha, E.M., Telford, A., Gasson, P.E. & Chase, M.W. (2007). Suprageneric phylogenetics of Myrteae, the generically richest tribe in Myrtaceae (Myrtales). Taxon 56: 1105–1128.


Project partners and collaborators

AustraliaRoyal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
University of Western Australia
UKRoyal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
USAArizona State University

Project team

HerbariumEve Lucas
Jodrell Laboratory

Peter Gasson, Mary Clare Sheahan (Research Associate),

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