Plant Systematics and Evolution

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Phylogeny of Salsoleae s.l. (Chenopodiaceae) based on DNA sequence data from ITS, psbB–psbH, and rbcL, with emphasis on taxa of northwestern China

  • Zhi-Bin Wen
  • Ming-Li Zhang
  • Ge-Lin Zhu
  • Stewart C. Sanderson
Original Article


To reconstruct phylogeny and verify the monophyly of major subgroups, a total of 52 species representing almost all species of Salsoleae s.l. in China were sampled, with analysis based on three molecular markers (nrDNA ITS, cpDNA psbB–psbH and rbcL), using maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference methods. Our molecular evidence provides strong support for the following: (1) Camphorosmeae is nested within Salsoleae s.l. instead of the previously suggested sister relationship. (2) Tribe Salsoleae s.l. is monophyletic and is composed of three monophyletic subunits, Caroxyloneae, the Kali clade, and Salsoleae s.str. (3) Climacoptera is separated from Salsola s.l. It does not form a monophyletic group but is split into two monophyletic parts, Climacoptera I and Climacoptera II. (4) Halogeton is clearly polyphyletic, as are Anabasis and the genus Salsola s.l. (5) Caroxylon, Haloxylon, Kali, and Petrosimonia are well-supported monophyletic genera. Additional evidence is needed regarding the monophyly of Halimocnemis, which remains unclear.


Salsoleae s.l. Anabasis Climacoptera Halogeton Molecular phylogeny China 



Thanks to Prof. P. Yan for providing Salsoleae s.l. field collections from Xinjiang Province, China, Dr. D. M. Williams (London, UK) for helpful comments on the manuscript, Mrs. Lorraine Williams (London, UK) for improving the English of the manuscript, and two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on a previous version. This research was funded by the National Basic Research Program of China (2009CB825104), Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhi-Bin Wen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ming-Li Zhang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ge-Lin Zhu
    • 4
  • Stewart C. Sanderson
    • 5
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Bioresource in Arid LandXinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Graduate University, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Northwest Normal UniversityLanzhouChina
  5. 5.Shrub Sciences Laboratory, Intermountain Research Station, Forest ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureOgdenUSA

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