Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 281, Issue 1–4, pp 209–216 | Cite as

Phylogenetic relationships in the genus Hennediella (Pottiaceae, Bryophyta) inferred from nrITS sequence data

  • María J. Cano
  • Juan F. Jiménez
  • M. Teresa Gallego
  • Juan A. Jiménez
  • Juan Guerra
Original Article


The first phylogenetic study of the genus Hennediella using nuclear ITS rDNA for 11 of the 15 species recognized is presented. Maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian analyses were performed to evaluate the monophyly of the genus and to investigate phylogenetic relationships between the species. The molecular data suggest that the core Hennediella is monophyletic only including Tortula platyphylla, although the affinities of two species (Hennediella heteroloma and H. longipedunculata) are ambiguous. The ITS sequences did not fully resolve the internal relationships of Hennediella while its affinities with Dolotortula, Leptophascum, Sagenotortula, or Tortula remain ambiguous. The present circumscription of Hennediella is provisional until a morphological revision of genus Tortula is completed.


Hennediella Pottiaceae nrITS sequence Phylogeny Taxonomy 



Financial support was provided by the Spanish “Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia” (projects CGL2007-60692/BOS and CGL2006-00599/BOS co-financed by FEDER) and Fundación Séneca of Murcia (project 02979/PI/05). We thank the curators of AAS, ALTA, CBG, NY, and K. Kellman and T. L. Blockeel for the loan of material for this study. We are also grateful to C. Delgadillo for giving us a sample of Hennediella heteroloma and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments on the manuscript. The sample of Hennediella kunzeana was collected by R. Ireland and G. Bellolio, thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society, and sent to us by exchange.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María J. Cano
    • 1
  • Juan F. Jiménez
    • 1
  • M. Teresa Gallego
    • 1
  • Juan A. Jiménez
    • 1
  • Juan Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología Vegetal (Botánica), Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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