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Project summary:

We aim to perform a taxonomic revision of Dennstaedtia and Microlepia from South America, along with a comprehensive phylogeny of Tribe Dennstaedtieae from the Neotropics and elsewhere. Morphology, phylogenetic results, and anatomy will be used to identify species boundaries. We will also map characters and biogeography on the dated tree

Cost: $


Nelson Túlio Lage Pena

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Ferns and fern allies

Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV, Minas Gerais/Brazil)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Pena, N.T.L.; Labiak, P.H.; Schwartsburd, P.B. & Alves-Araújo, A. 2019. Samambaias e Licófitas da Pedra do Elefante, Nova Venécia, Espírito Santo, Brasil. Rodriguesia 70: e02482017.

Pena, N.T.L.; Saiter, F.Z. & Viégas-Aquije, G.M.F. 2017. Ferns and Lycophytes from fragments of semideciduous forest in central Espírito Santo, Brazil. Rodriguesia 68(5): 1977–1986.

Pena, N.T.L.; Freitas, J. & Alves-Araújo, A. 2017. Elaphoglossum maya and E. rojasii (Dryopteridaceae), replacement names for E. angustifrons and E. reptans, respectively. Phytotaxa 307(2): 159–160

Pena, N.T.L.; Alves-Araújo, A. 2017. Angiosperms from rocky outcrops of Pedra do Elefante, Nova Venécia, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Rodriguesia. v.68, p.1895-1905.

Referee 1:

Prof. Dr. Pedro Bond Schwartsburd

Referee 2:

Prof. Dr. Anderson Alves Araújo

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