Ecdeiocoleaceae of Australia
- Start date:
- 01 Jan 2015
- End date:
- 31 Dec 2016
- Dr Barbara G. Briggs (Honorary Associate)
- Project sponsors:
- Australian Biological Resources Study (for eventual on-line publication)
- To prepare a treatment of the Ecdeiocoleaceae suitable for on-line publication in the Flora of Australia.
The two genera and three species of Ecdeiocoleaceae are rush-like plants, endemic in Western Australia. The project arose from the investigation of Restionaceae, since Ecdeiocoleaceae were formerly included in that family. The project has included describing one new genus and two new families, as well as investigating the complex flowering pattern of the family. Especially it has shown, through DNA studies, that Ecdeiocoleaceae are the closest living relatives of the vastly important family Poaceae (the grasses).
Draft manuscript is being updated to incorporate recently described taxa and to bring it into line with Flora of Australia format. This includes preparing keys for species identification, descriptions, distribution information, bibliographies and synonymies.