Overall phylogenetic analysis of the genus Scutellaria (Lamiaceae)
Scutellaria is one of the large genera (approx. 300-400 species) showing a nearly worldwide distribution, and high diversity of species in the East-Mediterranean, the Caucasus and other regions. An overall phylogeny is needed as a basis to illuminate biogeographical patterns but also to delimit monophyletic species groups that can then be subjected to a detailed species-level taxonomic analysis. The project will focus at extending an existing sequence data set to achieve a more representative taxon sampling, thereby generating the first molecular phylogenetic tree for the genus.