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Xeronemataceae, a New Family of Asparagoid Lilies from New Caledonia and New Zealand

Mark W. Chase, Paula J. Rudall, Michael F. Fay and Kate L. Stobart
Kew Bulletin
Vol. 55, No. 4 (2000), pp. 865-870
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
DOI: 10.2307/4113631
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4113631
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Xeronemataceae, a New Family of Asparagoid Lilies from New Caledonia and New Zealand
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Abstract

A new family of Asparagales, Xeronemataceae, is described. This small family of two species is native to New Zealand and was formerly included by several authors in Phormiaceae, to which they are grossly similar. However, they differ in a number of significant ways, and the results of DNA sequence analysis strongly support them as occupying an isolated position as sister to a clade composed of most of the higher Asparagales, thus making their description as a new family appropriate.

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