In response, the rainforests, which covered much of the continent, retreated toward the coasts, and certain groups radiated into the newly arid interior.

Collision with the Southeast Asian plate allowed significant biological exchange between the Australian and Asian floras in the late Tertiary.

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Stephen Hopper is a Western Australian botanist, specialising in plant conservation biology.

He is best known for pioneering research leading to positive conservation outcomes in south-west Australia - one of the few temperate-zone global biodiversity hotspots - and for the collaborative description of 300 new plant taxa (eucalypts, orchids, and the kangaroo paw family Haemodoraceae).

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He is author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications, and 14 books and monographs.

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Recent work with limited sampling suggests that the endemic Australian family Tremandraceae is phylogenetically nested within the Elaeocarpaceae (Savolainen et al., 2000).

This relationship presents an enticing opportunity to study a continental-scale radiation of small, dry-adapted shrubs from precursors that belong to a widespread group of predominantly rainforest trees.

Today, the species composition of Australia's rainforests reflects both an east Gondwanan heritage and an Asian geographical neighborhood.

This complex history makes Australian rainforests a unique model for the investigation of plant evolutionary patterns.

The results indicate the monophyly of all recognized genera and a placement for the former Tremandraceae (three genera and about 49 species of shrubby, dry-adapted Australian plants) within the widespread predominantly rainforest tree family Elaeocarpaceae (nine genera, over 500 species).