Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 40, Issue 2–3, pp 115–134 | Cite as

Phylogeny and biogeography ofOrobanchaceae

  • Andrea D. WolfeEmail author
  • Christopher P. Randle
  • Liang Liu
  • Kim E. Steiner


Orobanchaceae, as it is currently defined, includes all levels of parasitic ability ranging from nonparasitic (Lindenbergia) to facultative and obligate hemiparasites to obligate holoparasites. Several genera are of economic importance as crop weeds and have been studied by scientists interested in developing methods of control, but most genera have not been studied in a comparative framework. In this study we have used ITS sequence data to build a phylogenetic framework with which to examine previous systematic hypotheses of relationships among genera, and biogeographic hypotheses of either a Cretaceous, Gondwanan or mid-Tertiary, Laurasian origin of the family. A single-most parsimonious ITS tree was produced from a combined data set of nucleotides and gap characters. Our results support the current classification ofOrobanchaceae and a hypothesis of a mid-Tertiary, Laurasian origin of the family.


Biogeography ITS Parasitic plants Phylogeny 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea D. Wolfe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher P. Randle
    • 1
  • Liang Liu
    • 2
  • Kim E. Steiner
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal BiologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of BotanyCalifornia Academy of ScienceSan FranciscoUSA

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