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APOCYNACEAE, the Milkweed or Dogbane Family by Mark Fishbein & Angela McDonnell. Keywords: Apocynaceae, Amsonia, Apocynum, Asclepias, Cynanchum, Gonolobus, Matelea, Thyrsanthella, Vinca, Vincetoxicum, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/1021135/893275471.071.
In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the Clethraceae is represented by two species. As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, Second Edition, by Gleason and Cronquist (1991, NYBG Press), in order to enable identification of all plants growing spontaneously in a vast region comprising portions or entirety of 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces (see map here). These family treatments are indispensable to all those interested having the most up-to-date information for this region of North America's rich botanical resources, serving the vascular plant reference needs especially of students, conservationists, wildlife managers, educators, gardeners, and citizen scientists. For a full list of PDF sections click here.
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Angela McDonnell is currently the David Burpee Post- Doctoral Fellow in plant genetics in the Department of Biology at Bucknell University. She recently completed her PhD at Oklahoma State University with Mark Fishbein in the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, & Evolution. She is a broadly trained plant systematist who specializes in Apocynaceae, particularly the new world milkweed vine subtribe, Gonolobinae. She is interested broadly in milkweed evolution and taxonomy and patterns in diversification in Apocynaceae. In particular, she utilizes field study along with molecular and computational tools to answer evolutionary questions using genomic data. She has conducted fieldwork throughout the Southern Great Plains of the United States, northern Mexico and most recently, northern Australia. This has lead to the description of several new species and phylogenetic studies. She is currently completing a taxonomic revision of Chthamalia as well as population genomic study of Australian Solanum species. Angela McDonnell's Author Page
Mark Fishbein is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology & Evolution and Director of the Herbarium at Oklahoma State University. He is the incoming President of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and has long served as an associate editor for the journal Systematic Biology. His research speciality is the milkweed and dogbane family, Apocynaceae, particularly the milkweed genus, Asclepias. Motivated by a fascination with the co- evolution of plants and insects, he has studied the systematics of milkweeds as a foundation for understanding the evolution of milkweed defenses against their specialist herbivores, including the familiar monarch butterfly. He is equally interested in how differences in the effectiveness of pollinators has influenced the diversification of the complex and beautiful flowers of milkweeds. He is an avid field botanist as well as a laboratory and computational scientist who uses genomic tools. He has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the United States and Mexico, leading to the description of several new species, taxonomic revisions, and floristic treatments. His research has resulted in the detailed understanding of the phylogenetic relationships among milkweed species. In addition, he has contributed to broad scale studies of the phylogeny of the Apocynaceae, the 10th largest family of flowering plants and of the most important components of tree, shrub, and vine diversity in tropical forests. Mark Fishbein's Author Page