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Phylogeny of the Madagascan endemic family Didiereaceae


A molecular phylogeny of the Didiereaceae was produced through parsimony analysis of chloroplastrpl16 intron andtrnL-trnF andtrnT-trnL intergenic spacer sequences of all eleven species of the Didiereaceae and several outgroup taxa from the Portulacaceae. Results indicated that: 1) the Didiereaceae were embedded within the Portulacaceae, withCalyptrotheca as the sister group of the family; 2) present generic limits were supported; 3)Alluaudiopsis was the most basal lineage; 4) at least two separate episodes of polyploidization within the genusAlluaudia had occurred, and 5) unusually low amounts of variation were present in rapidly evolving noncoding plastid sequences.

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Applequist, W.L., Wallace, R.S. Phylogeny of the Madagascan endemic family Didiereaceae. Pl Syst Evol 221, 157–166 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01089291

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Key words

  • Calyptrotheca
  • Didiereaceae
  • Portulacaceae
  • Chloroplast DNA
  • phylogeny
  • rpl16
  • systematics
  • trnL-trnF
  • trnT-trnL