Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 123–136

Variation in wild populations of annual beet (Beta, Chenopodiaceae)

  • Karl Peter Buttler

DOI: 10.1007/BF00985176

Cite this article as:
Buttler, K.P. Pl Syst Evol (1977) 128: 123. doi:10.1007/BF00985176


Among the morphological variation in wild annual populations of sect.Beta only tepal characters show a geographic pattern, and hence can be used to distinguish different taxa. Two morphological types correspond with taxa already described:B. macrocarpa (incl.B. bourgaei) has a Macaronesian and W. to E. Mediterranean andB. adanensis an E. Mediterranean distribution area. A third type in the Aegean region is not well known yet and possibly has to be included inB. macrocarpa. Both diploid and tetraploid (x = 9) cytotypes are found withinB. macrocarpa, the latter exclusively on the Canary Islands.

Key words

ChenopodiaceaeBeta sect.Beta (=Vulgares)B. adanensisB. bourgaeiB. macrocarpa.Morphological variationchromosome numbersdistributiontaxonomy

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Peter Buttler
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  1. 1.Institut für Systematische BotanikMünchen 19Germany