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Acta Botanica Brasilica

Print version ISSN 0102-3306

Acta Bot. Bras. vol.4 no.1 Feira de Santana July 1990

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-33061990000100002 

The American genera of Simaroubaceae and their distribution

 

Os gêneros americanos de Simaroubaceae e sua distribuição

 

 

W. W. Thomas

The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458-5126, USA

 

 


ABSTRACT

A review of the phylogenetic relationships of the subfamilies of Simaroubaceae is presented and the distribution patterns of the American genera are discussed. Engler's six subfamilies are evaluated and the three subfamilies represented in the Americas and their included genera are discussed in detail. The eight American genera fall into three broad distributional categories: widely distributed throughout the neotropics, limited to northern South America, and disjunct between the West Indies, Central America and Mexico and southern South America. These distributions are discussed and interpreted.

Key-words: Simaroubaceae, distribution patterns, neotropical flora.


RESUMO

Uma revisão das relações filogenéticas das subfamilias de Simaroubaceae é apresentada e os padrões de distribuição dos gêneros americanos são discutidos. As seis subfamilias de Engler são avaliadas e as três subfamilias com gêneros representados nas Américas são discutidas em detalhe. Os oito gêneros americanos incluem-se em três padrões gerais de distribuição: amplamente distribuídos nos neotrópicos; limitados ao norte da América do Sul; e com distribuição disjunta entre as Índias Ocidentais, América Central e México, e o sul da América do Sul. Estas distribuições são discutidas e interpretadas.

Palavras-chave: Simaroubaceae, distribuição geográfica, flora neotropical.


 

 

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Achnowledgments

I wish to thank Dra. Ana Maria Giulietti and Dr. Enrique Forero for making this opportunity possible and the U.S.-Brazil initiative supported by the USDA and CNPq for funding the workshop. I would also like to thank Dr. Jose R. Pirani and Edivani Franceschinelli for sharing their thoughts on the systematics of Simaroubaceae.

 

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