University Gardens publication

Dispersal and diversification of the heathers (Erica; Ericaceae)

Open access paper published in 2019 shows the biogeographic route to spectacular diversification of the 800+ species of heathers.


A biogeographic scenario for Erica

  • Infrequent colonisation limited by geographic proximity and/or niche similarity
  • Drakensberg Mountains colonisation sink, not “stepping stone” between Cape and Tropical Africa
  • Dramatic species radiations in Erica result of single unique dispersals over longer distances between ecologically dissimilar areas

Get the full text free from the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology: https://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12862-019-1545-6