Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 120, Issue 2, pp 317–321 | Cite as

Cytogenetic characterization of Lippia alba and Lantana camara (Verbenaceae) from Brazil

  • Aline Dias Brandão
  • Lyderson Facio Viccini
  • Fátima Regina Gonçalves Salimena
  • André Luiz Laforga Vanzela
  • Shirlei Maria Recco-Pimentel
Short Communication


The aim of this work was to determine the cytogenetic characteristics of Brazilian Lippia alba (Mill) N. E. Brown and Lantana camara Plum. that could be useful for future characterization of these genera. Our analyses revealed that Li. alba has 2n=30 chromosomes consisting of ten metacentric and five submetacentric pairs, while La. camara has 44 metacentric chromosomes. The large blocks of heterochromatin seen in both species suggest an apomorphic condition. Six 45S rDNA sites were detected in both species by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Two and four 5S rDNA sites were observed in Li. alba and La. camara, respectively. Meiotic analysis revealed a normal chromosomal behaviour. The number of chromosomes and the presence of 45S rDNA and 5S rDNA sites do not exclude a possible polyploid origin. The cytogenetic differences between La. camara and Li. alba may be useful markers for differentiating these species.


Chromosome Cytogenetic characterization FISH Lantana Lippia Verbenaceae 



The authors thank R. Pezzin, M.R. Pereira, P.M.O. Pierre, E.A.C. Romanel, J.S. Campos and A.L.C. Lima for collecting the specimens of Li. alba and La. camara, Dr. V.N. Solferini for permission to use the greenhouse and Dr. E.R.F. Martins for valuable discussions. This work was supported by FAPESP (grant. no. 00/11842-2; a scholarship to A. D. Brandão), FAPEMIG (grant no. CBB 2728/98) and FINEP (grant no. 0930/01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aline Dias Brandão
    • 1
  • Lyderson Facio Viccini
    • 2
  • Fátima Regina Gonçalves Salimena
    • 3
  • André Luiz Laforga Vanzela
    • 4
  • Shirlei Maria Recco-Pimentel
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia Celular, Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF)Juiz de ForaBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF)Juiz de ForaBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Biologia Geral, Centro de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)LondrinaBrazil

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