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[45] Msweli ST, Potts AJ, Fritz H, Kraaij T (2020) Fire weather effects on flammability of indigenous and invasive alien plants in coastal fynbos and thicket shrublands (Cape Floristic Region). PeerJ 8, e10161.

[44] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020) Do Centres of Endemism provide a spatial context for predicting and preserving plant phylogeographic patterns in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa? PeerJ 8, e10045.

[43] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020) Applied phylogeography of Cyclopia intermedia (Fabaceae) highlights the need for 'duty of care' when cultivating honeybush. PeerJ 8, e9818 .

[42] Cleghorn N, Potts AJ & Cawthra HC (2020) Editorial: The Palaeo-Agulhas Plain: A lost world and extinct ecosystem. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106308.

[41] Cowling RM, Potts AJ, Franklin J, Midgley GF, Engelbrecht F & Marean CW (2020) Describing a drowned Pleistocene ecosystem: Last Glacial Maximum vegetation reconstruction of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 105866.

[40] Botha MS, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, de Vynck JC, Cleghorn NE, & Potts AJ (2020) Return rates from plant foraging on the Cape south coast: Understanding early human economies. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106129.

[39] Grobler BA, Cawthra HC, Potts AJ, Cowling RM (2020) Plant diversity of Holocene dune landscapes in the Cape Floristic Region: The legacy of Pleistocene sea-level dynamics. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106058.

[38] Liede-Schumann S, Grimm GW, Nürk NM, Potts AJ, Meve U, Hartmann HEK (2020) Phylogenetic relationships in the southern African genus Drosanthemum (Ruschioideae, Aizoaceae). PeerJ 8, e8999.

[37] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020) Application of High Resolution Melt analysis (HRM) for screening haplotype variation in a non-model plant genus: Cyclopia (Honeybush). PeerJ 8, e9187.

[36] Duker R, Cowling RM, van der Vyver ML & Potts AJ (2020) Site selection for subtropical thicket restoration: mapping cold-air pooling in the South African sub-escarpment lowlands. PeerJ 8, e8980.


[35] Botha MS, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, De Vynck J & Potts AJ (2019). Have humans living within the Greater Cape Floristic Region used the same plant species through time? South African Journal of Botany. 122:11-20.

[34] Bailey LA, Potts AJ, Cowling RM, Whitfield MC & Smit B. (2019) Wand plant architecture in the Fynbos: testing the rodent herbivory hypothesis. South African Journal of Botany. 124:564-572.


[33] Potts AJ, Rebelo T, Barret RL & Stirton CH (2018) Editorial: Hybridisation in the Cape and Kwongkan. South African Journal of Botany. 118, 282-283.

[32] Macqueen TP & Potts AJ (2018) Re-opening the case of Frankenflora: Evidence of hybridisation between local and introduced Protea species at Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve. South African Journal of Botany. 118, 315-320.

[31] Grímsson F, Grimm GW, Potts AJ, Zetter R, & Renner SS (2018) A Winteraceae pollen tetrad from the early Paleocene of western Greenland, and the fossil record of Winteraceae in Laurasia and Gondwana. Journal of Biogeography. 45, 567-581


[30] Potts AJ (2017) Catchments catch all in South African coastal lowlands: topography and palaeoclimate restricted gene flow in Nymania capensis (Meliaceae)—a multilocus phylogeographic and distribution modelling approach. PeerJ. 5:e2965.

[29] Potts AJ (2017) Genetic risk and the transition to cultivation in Cape endemic crops—The example of honeybush (Cyclopia)? South African Journal of Botany. 110: 52-56. PDF, www.

[28] Schliep K, Potts AJ, Morrison DA, & Grimm GW (2017) Intertwining phylogenetic trees and networks.Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8: 1212–1220. PDF, www.


[27] Singels E, Potts AJ , Cowling RM, Marean CW, De Vynck J & Esler KJ (2016) Foraging potential of underground storage organ plants in the southern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution. 101:79-89. PDF , www .

[26] van As S, van der Linden SC, Phillips DP, Rous KG, Duker R, Beyers A, Calitz W, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2016) Impending local extinction of Aloe ferox Mill. populations in the absence of elephants and black rhinos? African Journal of Ecology . 54:504-506. PDF, www .

[25] Potts AJ , Veldkornet DA & Adams JB (2016) A phylogeographic break in a South African coastal saltmarsh macrophyte, Juncus kraussii. South African Journal of Botany . 107:80-83. PDF , www

[24] Veldkornet DA, Potts AJ & Adams JB (2016) The distribution of salt marsh macrophyte species in relation to physicochemical variables. South African Journal of Botany . 107:84-90. PDF , www .

[23] De Vynck JC, Cowling RM, Potts AJ & Marean CW (2016) Seasonal availability of edible underground and aboveground carbohydrate resources to human foragers on the Cape south coast, South Africa. PeerJ . 4:e1679. PDF , www .

[22] Grimm GW, Bouchala JM, Denk T & Potts AJ (2016) Fables and foibles: A critical analysis of the Palaeoflora database and the Coexistence Approach for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology . 233:216-235. PDF , www .

[21] Grimm GW & Potts AJ (2016) Fallacies and fantasies: the theoretical underpinnings of the Coexistence Approach for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Climate of the Past . 12:611-622. PDF , www .


[20] Potts AJ , Bond WJ & Cowling RM (2015) Editorial: Understanding biome boundaries in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany , 101:1-4. PDF

[19] Potts AJ , Moncrieff GR, Bond WJ & Cowling RM (2015) An operational framework for biome boundary research with examples from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany , 101:5-15. PDF , www

[18] Becker CH, Coetsee C, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2015) The local landscape boundary between the Albany subtropical thicket and Nama-Karoo shrubland is not influenced by edaphic factors. South African Journal of Botany . 101:107-111. PDF , www

[17] Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2015) Climatic, edaphic and fire regime determinants of biome boundaries in the eastern Cape Floristic Region. South African Journal of Botany. 101:73-81. PDF , www .

[16] Duker R, Cowling RM, du Preez DR & Potts AJ (2015) Frost, Portulacaria afra Jacq., and the boundary between the Albany Subtropical Thicket and Nama-Karoo biomes. South African Journal of Botany . 101:112-119. PDF , www .

[15] Calitz W, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2015) Investigating the flammability at species level across five biomes of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany. 101, 32-39. PDF , www .

[14] Veldkornet DA, Adams JB &amp Potts AJ (2015) Where do you draw the line? Determining the transition thresholds between estuarine salt marshes and terrestrial vegetation. South African Journal of Botany . 101, 153-159. PDF , www .

[13] Duker R, Cowling RM, du Preez DR, van der Vyver ML, Weatherall-Thomas CR & Potts AJ (2015) Community-level assessment of freezing tolerance: frost dictates the biome boundary between Albany Subtropical Thicket and Nama-Karoo in South Africa. Journal of Biogeography, 42:167–178. PDF , www .

[12] Cowling RM, Potts AJ , Bradshaw P, Colville J, Arianoutsou M, Ferrier S, Forest F, Fyllas NM, Hopper SD, Ojeda F, Proches, Smith RJ, Rundel PW, Vassilakis E & Zutta BR (2015). Variation in plant diversity in mediterranean-climate ecosystems: the role of climatic and topographical stability. Journal of Biogeography, 42:552-564. PDF , www .

[11] Franklin J, Potts AJ , Fisher EC, Cowling RM & Marean CW (2015) Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology. Quaternary Science Reviews, 110:1-14. PDF , www .

[10] Marean CW, Anderson RJ, Bar-Matthews M, Braun K, Cawthra HC, Cowling RM, Engelbrecht F, Esler KJ, Fisher E, Franklin J, Hill K, Janssen M, Potts AJ & Zahn R (2015) A new research strategy for integrating studies of paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, and paleoanthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews, 24:62-72. PDF , www .


[9] Potts AJ, Hedderson TA & Grimm GW (2014) Constructing phylogenies in the presence of intra-individual site polymorphisms (2ISPs) with a focus on the nuclear ribosomal cistron. Systematic Biology, 63: 1-16. PDF, www.

[8] Wilman V, Campbell EE, Potts AJ & Cowling RM (2014) A mismatch between germination requirements and environmental conditions: Niche conservatism in xeric subtropical thicket canopy species? South African Journal of Botany, 92:1-6. PDF, www.