Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 159, Issue 3–4, pp 217–227 | Cite as

Intergeneric relationships ofLolium, Festuca, andVulpia (Poaceae) and their phylogeny

  • Z. Bulińska-Radomska
  • R. N. Lester


Morphological and seed protein analyses of 26 species of the generaLolium, Festuca andVulpia confirmed their close systematic affinities. Six inflorescence characters readily differentiatedFestuca fromLolium. Protein similarities betweenFestuca of sect.Bovinae and cross-pollinated species ofLolium, coupled with cytogenetic and crossability data, substantiate that they should be united into one genus.Vulpia had phenetic similarities with sect.Scariosae, Montanae andOvinae ofFestuca. Lolium, Festuca, andVulpia are most likely derived from a common ancestral form which was close toFestuca pratensis andLolium perenne.

Key words

Angiosperms Poaceae Lolium Festuca Vulpia Morphology protein electrophoresis numerical systematics phylogeny 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Bulińska-Radomska
    • 1
  • R. N. Lester
    • 2
  1. 1.National Department of Plant Genetic ResourcesPlant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, RadzikówBłoniePoland
  2. 2.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamEngland

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