New tree of flowering plants graphic in NYT

This article is beyond my pay grade, but I thought others may enjoy it:

This should not have a paywall.


The paper upon which it based is actually open access. Get it here.


And the chart specifically is here:


I admit, I’m surprised it took this long. this is what the Angiosperm353 probeset was practically invented for.
I don’t quite know why they would use HybPiper 1.x given the huge improvement that v2.0 represents, but I’m sure this has been in the works for ages (certainly the PAFTOL tree has been on the Kew website for a while) and maybe even predates that release. otherwise, their methods sound a lot like the ones I’ve been using in my own work, which is heartening.
I tend to shrug at these giant meta-clade types of papers in that they’re only so relevant to history, which is mostly made at the species and genus level. still, it’s impressive in the same way as a suspension bridge is (even if I’m a botanist and not an architect) – a feat of engineering into which a lot of time and tears were poured. certainly much more viscerally cool than the average Nature article.


I have something you should enjoy about plants (and should be able to wrap your head around).

Look at the bottom of this web page for a downloadable map of the origin of agricultural crops. It’s pretty cool!

Also, if you enjoyed that map, here is a book about David Fairchild who is responsible for bringing a lot of the fruits we enjoy today to America.

“The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats”

by Daniel Stone