Polyphyly of Polycarpon (Caryophyllaceae) inferred from DNA sequence data
2007 (English)In: Taxon, ISSN 0040-0262, Vol. 56, no 3, 775-782 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A phylogenetic study of the genus Polycarpon was made using DNA sequence data from the chloroplast rps16 intron and nuclear RPB2 regions. Polycarpon as currently recognised is shown to be polyphyletic. The South American species P. coquimbense and P. suffruticosum are more closely related to Haya obovata (Socotra) and Polycarpaea spicata (paleotropical) than to the remaining species of Polycarpon, and the widespread tropical species P. prostratum is nested with Macaronesian species of Polycarpaea. All three should therefore be ex- cluded from Polycarpon. The remaining species, the P. tetraphyllum group, has its main diversity in the Medi- terranean region. It is a polyploid complex with morphologically very similar taxa mostly separated only by partially overlapping characters. The members of this group form a strongly supported, but largely unresolved clade. It is proposed that they are all included in a widely circumscribed P. tetraphyllum. The dehiscence of the capsules in P. tetraphyllum, by valves that elastically roll inwards and finally throw out the seeds, is unique in Caryophyllaceae and provides a strong synapomorphy for Polycarpon in this new restricted sense.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 56, no 3, 775-782 p.
Research subject Biology with specialization in Systematics
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