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New Guinea Pandanaceae: first approach to ecology and biogeography

  • Benjamin C. Stone
Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 42)

Abstract

The large island of New Guinea is one of the eight regions in which the family Pandanaceae (Monocot) has become both rich in evolutionary products and dense in individual representation. The other areas are New Caledonia, Australia, Philippines, Borneo, mainland SE Asia, Mascarene Is and Madagascar. It is significant in that all three extant genera of the family occur here; thus New Guinea represents both an area of relictual survival and of phylogenetic diversity and change. In many parts of New Guinea, members of the family play both a significant and conspicuous role in the vegetation, and few of the known vegetation zones or habitats lack at least one species.

Keywords

Montane Forest Gallery Forest Lower Montane Staminate Inflorescence Montane Zone 
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