Research in my lab and that of various collaborators over the last ten years or so has resulted in a reasonably clear picture of the phylogeny of Malvaceae s.l. (including the traditional families, Bombacaceae, Malvaceae, Sterculiaceae, and Tiliaceae).  The following figures summarize the current state of knowledge, as laid-out in a series of publications (with some information from unpublished data).

Click on Malvatheca for a summary of recent findings and current research.

*numbers within triangles indicate the number of genera (as recognized in Bayer and Kubitzki)


Fremontodendron sp (photo: Monterey Bay Nurseries)









Brachychiton bidwillii (photo: G. Keena 2001)




Dombeya alleizettei (photo: M. Koopman 2005)








Grewia sp (photo: M. Koopman 2005)


Click here for a list of broad-scale Malvaceae phylogeny publications.








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