Re: Saccifolium bandeirae

From: John Brittnacher (
Date: Tue Apr 13 1999 - 09:35:51 PDT

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 09:35:51 -0700
From: John Brittnacher <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1322$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Saccifolium bandeirae

For more information on Saccifolium bandeirae, Victor Albert
( of The New York Botanical
Garden offered information about the taxonomic status and biogeography of
the plant at His home page
has other information about evolution in CPs if you are interested.

When you read it you can ignore or roll your eyes at the bits about "intron
sequences" and "parsimony jackknife analyses". Those are just code words
so other scientists know the work was done correctly. B^) Intron sequences
are used when trying to discern closely related species as they tend to
evolve more quickly. You can think of a parsimony analysis as a black box
where you put a matrix of numbers in and you get a tree with numbers out.
Jackknife refers to the method used in the black box.

Saccifolium bandeirae may not be carnivorous but it IS a really odd plant!

John Brittnacher Phone: (530) 752-8055
Information Systems Manager FAX: (530) 752-3239
Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
University of California
Davis, California 95616

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