A new flower of the Shetland Islands, which has quickly evolved from an introduced species

Main report: Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland
(BBC)
Other Reporting: OUP Blog
Scientific Paper: Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society   
New Taxa: Mimulus guttatus, new species not named
Common Name: Shetland's monkeyflower
Categories: Evolution | New Species | Plants
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The beautiful yellow, red-spotted flower is a polyploid, and derivative of a non polyploid species which was introduced into Scotland less than 200 years ago.  Its ancestor was a non-native species introduced to the British Isles, probably from Alaska.

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