New species of Mercurialis have arrived to UNIL

The Mercurialis seed collection at UNIL (Switzerland) has been enriched this month by the arrival of three woody Mercurialis species collected in the Iberian Peninsula: Mercurialis elliptica, M. tomentosa y M. reverchonii, the two latter with a restricted distribution to SW Iberian Peninsula and NW Africa. These three species are described as dioecious and could provide an interesting outgroup placed at between monoecious Euphorbiaceae (such as Ricinus communis, the castor-oil plant) and dioecious Mercurialis annua. A male and a female of each species will also be added to the gene capture experiment, providing comparative genomic data for male and female sex-linked regions across Mercurialis genus.