APG IV was officially published as an Early View yesterday, 24 Mar 2016, in BJLS! The above Opinion Piece was largely ignored. Critique regarding the survey is briefly referred to.. "with the realization that any survey may have biases due to the way questions are phrased." (p. 2) Precisely! So biases are acknowledged, fine. Yet, "Here we consider Boraginales to comprise a single family..." (p. 9) and "The need to dismember a group shown in all analyses to be monophyletic was questioned and strongly rejected as an option by the online survey (Christenhusz et al., 2015)" (p. 9). To be sure, any higher taxonomic rank is monophyletic, and if it is not, it should and must be dismembered. But whether monophyletic groups are further dismembered is a matter of sufficient differences to justifying such a subdivision, and this is clearly the case here, as The Boraginales Working Group has variously argued! It is hoped that APG V will eventually recognize the multi-family classification of this large and diverse group as by the evidence provided by experts, rather than following a popular majority vote.
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