Ohio University

Philip D. Cantino

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Professor Emeritus
Porter 433

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Ph.D., Harvard University, 1980

Other Websites

The PhyloCode

Woody Plants of Southeastern Ohio


Plant Systematics
My primary interests are angiosperm systematics (with emphasis on the phylogeny and taxonomy of Labiatae) and phylogenetic nomenclature, an alternative to traditional biological nomenclature that is designed to name the parts of the tree of life by explicit reference to phylogeny. Students in my lab have worked on taxonomic treatments of various angiosperm groups, phylogenetic analyses of intergeneric relationships in the Labiatae, and floristic studies of local natural areas.

Faculty Research Focus Area: Phylogenetic Systematics

Current and Recent Research Projects

Preparation of the International Code of Biological Nomenclature (PhyloCode), published by CRC Press in June 2020.

Preparation of Phylonyms, a compendium of phylogenetically defined clade names, published by CRC Press in June 2020.

Floristic inventories of Athens Conservancy preserves (ongoing).

Professional Service

Member, Committee on Phylogenetic Nomenclature

Selected References

Cantino, P. D. and K. de Queiroz. 2020. International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature (PhyloCode). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 149 pp.
de Queiroz, K., P. D. Cantino, and J. A. Gauthier (eds.). 2020. Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 1324 pp.
Xiang, C.-L., F. Zhao, P. D. Cantino, B. T. Drew, B. Li, E.-D. Liu, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, and H. Peng. 2018.  Molecular systematics of Caryopteris (Lamiaceae) and its allies with reference to the molecular phylogeny of subfamily Ajugoideae. Taxon 67: 376-394.

Li, B., P. D. Cantino, R. G. Olmstead, G. L. C. Bramley, C.-L. Xiang, Z.-H. Ma, Y.-H. Tan, and D.-X. Zhang. 2016. A large-scale chloroplast phylogeny of the Lamiaceae sheds new light on its subfamilial classification. Scientific Reports 6:34343/DOI:10.1038/srep34343.

Roy, T., N.S. Catlin, M.G.G. Drake, P.D. Cantino, A.-C. Scheen, and C. Lindqvist. 2016. Evolutionary relationships within the lamioid tribe Synandreae (Lamiaceae) based on multiple low-copy nuclear loci. PeerJ 4:e2220

Donnell, A. A., P. D. Cantino, and H. E. Ballard, Jr. 2015. A phenetic analysis of the Bakeridesia integerrima complex (Malvaceae). Brittonia 67: 250-271.

Chen, Y.-P., B. Li, R. G. Olmstead, P. D. Cantino, E.-D. Liu, and D.-L. Xiang. 2014. Phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic genus Holocheila (Lamiaceae) inferred from plastid DNA sequences. Taxon 63: 355-366.

Xiang, C.-L., Q. Zhang, A. Scheen, P. D. Cantino, T. Funamoto, and H. Peng. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics of Chelonopsis (Lamiaceae: Gomphostemmatae) as inferred from nuclear and plastid DNA and morphology. Taxon 62: 375-386.

Li, B., W. Xu, T. Tu, Z. Wang, R. G. Olmstead, H. Peng, J. Francisco-Ortega, P. D. Cantino, and D. Zhang. 2012. Phylogenetic position of Wenchengia (Lamiaceae): a taxonomically enigmatic and critically endangered genus. Taxon 61: 392-401.

Donnell, A. A., H. E. Ballard, and P. D. Cantino. 2012. Callianthe (Malvaceae): a new genus of neotropical Malveae. Syst. Bot. 37: 712-722.

Chapman, J. I., P. D. Cantino, and B. C. McCarthy. 2012. Seed production in garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) prevented by some methods of manual removal. Natural Areas Journal 32: 305-315.

Huang, M., D. J. Crawford, J. V. Freudenstein, and P. D. Cantino. 2008. Systematics of Trichostema (Lamiaceae): Evidence from ITS, ndhF, and morphology. Systematic Botany 33:437-446.

Dayrat, B., P.D. Cantino, J. Clarke and K. de Queiroz. 2008. Species names in the PhyloCode: the approach adopted by the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature. Systematic Biology, 57:507-514.

Cantino, P.D., J. A. Doyle, S.W. Graham, W.S. Judd, R.G. Olmstead, D.E. Soltis, P.S. Soltis and M.J. Donoghue. 2007. Towards a phylogenetic nomenclature of Tracheophyta. Taxon 56:822-846.

Harrelson, S.M. and P.D. Cantino. 2006. The terrestrial vascular flora of Strouds Run State Park, Athens County, Ohio. Rhodora 108:142-183.

Cantino, P.D. 2004. Phrymaceae. Pp. 323-326 in J.W. Kadereit (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, Vol. 7. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.

Harley, R.M., S. Atkins, A. Budantsev, P.D. Cantino, B. Conn, R. Grayer, M.M. Harley, R. de Kok, T. Krestovskaja, R. Morales, A.J. Paton, O. Ryding and T. Upson. 2004. Labiatae. Pp. 167-275 in J.W. Kadereit (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, Vol. 7. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg. [Cantino contributed taxonomic treatments of 50 genera.]

Cantino, P.D. 2004. Classifying species versus naming clades. Taxon 53:795-798.

De Queiroz, K. and P.D. Cantino. 2001. Phylogenetic nomenclature and the PhyloCode. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 58: 254-271.

Cantino, P.D. 1998. Obtegomeria (Lamiaceae), a new genus from South America. Novon 8:1-3.

Abu-Asab, M.S. and P.D. Cantino. 1994. Systematic implications of pollen morphology in subfamilies Lamioideae and Pogostemonoideae (Labiatae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 81:653-686.

Cantino, P.D. 1992. Evidence for a polyphyletic origin of the Labiatae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 79: 361-379.

Current and Recent Research Projects

Taxonomic treatments of Physostegia, Macbridea and Synandra (Labiatae) for Flora of North America.

Preparation of the PhyloCode, a Phylogenetic Code of Biological Nomenclature (with Kevin de Queiroz).

Preparation of Phylonyms (edited by Kevin de Queiroz, Jacques Gauthier and myself), a taxonomically arranged compendium of phylogenetically defined clade names, to be published simultaneously with the PhyloCode.