Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 184, Issue 3–4, pp 207–231

Cladistic interrelationships and major clades of theEricales

  • Arne A. Anderberg

DOI: 10.1007/BF00937436

Cite this article as:
Anderberg, A.A. Pl Syst Evol (1993) 184: 207. doi:10.1007/BF00937436


A cladistic analysis of theEricales based on morphological, anatomical, embryological, and phytochemical data has been undertaken. Resulting from the analysis, 56 equally parsimonious cladograms were obtained. The tribeEnkiantheae was found to be the sister-group of the rest of theEricaceae, in which theEmpetraceae, theEpacridaceae, Pyrolaceae, andMonotropaceae are forming derived ingroups. It is thus concluded that theEricaceae are a paraphyletic assemblage as presently circumscribed, and thatEmpetraceae andEpacridaceae are better treated as members of theEricaceae.

Key words

Angiosperms Ericales Cladistics phylogeny taxonomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne A. Anderberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Phanerogamic BotanySwedish Museum of Natural HistoryStockholmSweden

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