Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 267, Issue 1–4, pp 1–11 | Cite as

AFLP markers support separation of Solanum nodiflorum from Solanum americanum sensu stricto (Solanaceae)

  • M. L. K. Manoko
  • R. G. van den Berg
  • R. M. C. Feron
  • G. M.  van der Weerden
  • C. Mariani
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This study was aimed at examining the relationships between the African material of Solanum americanum (also designated as S. nodiflorum), accessions of this taxon from other geographical areas, and American S. americanum using AFLP markers. 96 individuals representing 39 accessions of S. americanum sensu lato and related diploid species from the widest possible geographical range, and one accession of S. dulcamara (as outgroup) were used. The AFLP results suggested that American S. americanum differs from S. nodiflorum and that the material investigated in this study can be assigned to three different species: S. americanum sensu stricto, S. nodiflorum and a Solanum species from Brazil. These species can be differentiated based on a combination of floral and fruit characteristics.


Africa AFLP nomenclature Solanum americanum Solanum nodiflorum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. K. Manoko
    • 1
  • R. G. van den Berg
    • 2
  • R. M. C. Feron
    • 1
  • G. M.  van der Weerden
    • 3
  • C. Mariani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental BotanyRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Biosystematics groupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Botanical and Experimental GardenRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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