Clade Reclassification


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•  Reclassification of the figwort family using evidence from cladistics

Until recently, figworts were the 8th largest family of flowering plants (angiosperms), containing 275 different genera

  • This was problematic as many of the figwort plants were too dissimilar in structure to function as a meaningful grouping

Taxonomists examined the chloroplast gene in figworts and decided to split the figwort species into five different clades

  • Now less than half of the species remain in the figwort family – which is now the 36th largest among angiosperms

Reclassification of Figworts (Family Scrophulariaceae)

figwort reclassification