An update of the Verbenaceae genera and species numbers
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diversity
Lamiales
New World
taxonomy
Verbenaceae

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Cardoso, P., O’Leary, N., Olmstead, R., Moroni, P. and Thode, V. (2021) “An update of the Verbenaceae genera and species numbers”, Plant Ecology and Evolution, 154(1), pp. 80-86. doi: 10.5091/10.5091/plecevo.2021.1821.

Abstract

Background and aims – The last comprehensive study that estimated the number of Verbenaceae genera and species was published in 2004, and included 34 genera and around 1200 species. Since then, several publications based on morphology and/or molecular data have proposed important changes within the family. Due to the lack of updated literature to cite when referring to the number of Verbenaceae taxa, a review of these estimates is necessary.
Key results and conclusion – We present a detailed list of genera currently accepted in Verbenaceae with the number of species contained in each and compare our numbers with the previous estimate. In addition, we indicate the geographic distribution and the most recent important taxonomic or phylogenetic works for each genus. Our compilation shows that Verbenaceae have 32 genera and 800 species currently accepted.This work provides up-to-date numbers and brings a holistic view of the family.

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