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Research Article

The Use of Phylogeny to Interpret Cross-Cultural Patterns in Plant Use and Guide Medicinal Plant Discovery: An Example from Pterocarpus (Leguminosae)

  • C. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis mail,

    C.SaslisLagoudakis@pgr.reading.ac.uk

    Affiliations: School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom, Division of Biology, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, Ascot, United Kingdom

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  • Bente B. Klitgaard,

    Affiliation: Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom

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  • Félix Forest,

    Affiliation: Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom

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  • Louise Francis,

    Affiliation: Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom

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  • Vincent Savolainen,

    Affiliations: Division of Biology, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, Ascot, United Kingdom, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom

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  • Elizabeth M. Williamson,

    Affiliation: School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Julie A. Hawkins

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 18, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022275

About the Authors

C. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis, Julie A. Hawkins
School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
C. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis, Vincent Savolainen
Division of Biology, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, Ascot, United Kingdom
Bente B. Klitgaard
Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom
Félix Forest, Louise Francis, Vincent Savolainen
Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom
Elizabeth M. Williamson
School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: C.SaslisLagoudakis@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CHSL JAH VS BBK EMW. Performed the experiments: CHSL LF. Analyzed the data: CHSL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: BBK FF. Wrote the paper: CHSL JAH. Reviewed ethnobotanical uses from the literature: EMW.