Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 221, Issue 3–4, pp 157–166 | Cite as

Phylogeny of the Madagascan endemic family Didiereaceae

  • W. L. Applequist
  • R. S. Wallace


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.

Key words

Calyptrotheca Didiereaceae Portulacaceae Chloroplast DNA phylogeny rpl16 systematics trnL-trntrnT-trn


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. Applequist
    • 1
  • R. S. Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of BotanyIowa State University of Science and TechnologyAmesUSA

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