Asteraceae and connections

Mike Crisp Mike.Crisp at ANU.EDU.AU
Sun Oct 3 11:13:14 CDT 1999

The prevailing view on the 'centre' of origin of the Asteraceae is
somewhere in the (south) Pacific, eg Bremer (1992), and not in north
America.  Here are some references:

Bentham, G. (1873). notes on the classification, history and geographic
distribution of Compositae. Journal of the Linnean Society, London, Botany
13, 355-577.

Bremer, K. (1992). Ancestral areas: a cladistic reinterpretation of the
center of origin concept. Systematic Biology 41, 436-445.

Bremer, K. (1993). Intercontinental relationships of African and South
American Asteraceae: a cladistic biogeographic analysis. In 'Biological
Relationships between Africa and South America'. (Ed. P. Goldblatt.)  pp.
105-135. (Yale University Press: New Haven.)

Heads, M. (1999). Vicariance biogeography and terrane tectonics in the
South Pacific: analysis of the genus Abrotanella (Compositae). Biological
Journal of the Linnean Society 67, 391-432.

Morrone, J. J., Katinas, L., and Crisci, J. V. (1996). On temperate areas,
basal clades and biodiversity conservation. Oryx 30, 187-194.

Turner, B. L. (1977). Fossil history and geography. In 'The Biology and
Chemistry of the Compositae'. (Eds V. Heywood, J. Harborne and B. L.
Turner.)  Vol. 1. pp. 21-39. (Academic Press: London.)

Mike Crisp

On Wed, 29 Sep 1999 08:34:28 -0600,
Richard L. Brown wrote:
>I am interested in knowing more about geographic origin of Asteraceae and
>connections between the Great Plains and eastern U.S., e.g., Piedmont and
>Coastal Plain.  I have assumed that Asteraceae diversified in Great Plains,
>but I recall a paper several years ago that suggested that the group
>originated in eastern U.S.  Can anyone advise me about the citation of the
>latter paper or other references regarding biogeographic relationships of
>There are distributional data of moths to support an extension of
>grasslands from the Great Plains into New York and the eastern coast via an
>area north of Lake Erie and south of Lake Ontario (either that or a
>concentration of collectors picking up vagrant species in the area).  Does
>anyone know of references to support a connecting grasslands between the
>upper midwest and upper Atlantic coast?  Thanks,
>Richard L. Brown
>Mississippi Entomological Museum
>Box 9775
>Mississippi State, MS 39762
>phone: (662) 325-2085
>fax: (662) 325-8837
>e-mail: moth at

Dr Michael D. Crisp
Reader in Plant Systematics
Division of Botany and Zoology
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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