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Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 209, Issue 1–2, pp 1–31 | Cite as

Evolutionary relationships in thePodalyrieae andLiparieae (Fabaceae) based on morphological, cytological, and chemical evidence

  • Anne Lise Schutte
  • B. -E. Van Wyk
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Abstract

Taxonomic relationships amongst the genera of the southern African tribesPodalyrieae andLiparieae are discussed. Data gained from morphological, cytological and chemical investigations are analyzed cladistically to determine relationships. The genusCadia (tribeSophoreae) is included in the investigation to establish whether it should be transferred to thePodalyrieae. The results clearly indicate that thePodalyrieae andLiparieae are monophyletic and that they should be united, but thatHypocalyptus andCadia should be excluded. Within the monophyletic group, there are two distinct subclades each supported by three apomorphies. The results also show that there is a strong sister relationship betweenAmphithalea andCoelidium. In the taxonomic treatment theLiparieae are placed into synonymy under thePodalyrieae and two subtribes are recognized. A key to the genera in the tribe is given, followed by a synopsis of the genera.

Key words

Fabaceae Podalyrieae Liparieae Morphology chromosome numbers chemical compounds taxonomy generic relationships 

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  • Anne Lise Schutte
    • 1
  • B. -E. Van Wyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyRand Afrikaans UniversityAuckland Park, JohannesburgSouth Africa

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