Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 63–76 | Cite as

Morphological and molecular (RAPD) analyses confirm the hybrid origin of the diploid grassCalamagrostis longiseta var.longe-aristata (Gramineae)

  • Kaku SaitouEmail author
  • Tatsuya Fukuda
  • Jun Yokoyama
  • Masayuki Maki


To examine the hybrid origin of the diploid grassCalamagrostis longiseta var.longe-aristata, we performed morphometric and genetic analyses of this taxon and its putative parental taxa. The morphometric analyses revealed that, in general,C. longiseta var.longe-aristata is morphologically intermediate betweenC. longiseta var.longiseta andC. fauriei. Previous studies have reported that some hybrids exhibit transgressive characters but others do not; the latter is the case forC. longiseta var.longe-aristata. Their absence may be due to the ecological adaptation to environments intermediate between those inhabited by the putative parental taxa, and therefore the transgressive characters have not been selected. Nevertheless, there is no direct evidence for adaptive value of the characters examined in this study and only a small part of all characters potentially responsible for adaptation was investigated. An alternative hypothesis about the absence of transgressive characters inC. longiseta var.longe-aristata is that it is at an early stage of hybrid speciation. Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analyses showed that individuals ofC. longiseta var.longe-aristata were placed in both of the clusters formed by each putative parental taxon. Greater genetic diversity was observed inC. longiseta var.longe-aristata than in its putative parental taxa. All here reported findings support the scenario thatC. longiseta var.longe-aristata is of hybrid origin, having evolved fromC. longiseta var.longiseta andC. fauriei.


Alpine plants Genetic diversity Japan Morphometric analysis Poaceae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaku Saitou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tatsuya Fukuda
    • 2
  • Jun Yokoyama
    • 2
  • Masayuki Maki
    • 2
  1. 1.Biological Institute, Graduate School of ScienceTohoku UniversityAoba, SendaiJapan
  2. 2.Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Graduate School of Life SciencesTohoku UniversityAoba, SendaiJapan

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