Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 290, Issue 1–4, pp 173–184 | Cite as

Phylogeny of the Southeast Asian endemic genus Neocinnamomum H. Liu (Lauraceae)

  • Zhi-hua Wang
  • Jie Li
  • John G. Conran
  • Hsi-wen Li
Original Article


A phylogenetic analysis of Neocinnamomum H. Liu and related genera was conducted using psbA–trnH, trnK cpDNA regions, and the ITS nrDNA segment. Neocinnamomum was confirmed to be monophyletic, and an evolutionary series of inflorescence development within the genus was recognized. The compound thyrse seen in N. caudatum is reduced to the few- to many-flowered condensed inflorescences with a poorly defined branching system seen in most species and ultimately to the 1-flowered inflorescence seen in N. atjehense. Consensus network analysis (CNA) suggested that long-branch attraction is responsible for the observed close relationship between Neocinnamomum and Cassytha L. in a combined analysis of the complete data. In contrast, the sister relationship of Neocinnamomum and Caryodaphnopsis seen in the Bayesian analyses of the partial combined matrix was supported by CNA and is also supported by morphology and wood and bark anatomy. The close similarity of the compound thyrse of less derived Neocinnamomum species to the thyrsoid inflorescences of some Caryodaphnopsis species is also seen as strong support for their affinity.


Neocinnamomum Cassytha Caryodaphnopsis Lauraceae Phylogeny Long-branch attraction Consensus network 



We would like to thank Prof. Jens G. Rohwer for providing assistance with translating the wood and bark anatomical papers published in German. This research was supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KSCX2-YW-Z-001) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (30870170).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhi-hua Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Jie Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • John G. Conran
    • 3
  • Hsi-wen Li
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Phylogenetics and Conservation BiologyXishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, The Chinese Academy of SciencesKunmingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest EcologyXishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of SciencesMenglunPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, School of Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Herbarium (KUN), Kunming Institute of BotanyThe Chinese Academy of SciencesKunmingPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Graduate UniversityThe Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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