Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 51, Supplement 1, pp 117–123 | Cite as

Systematic position of Myrtama Ovcz. & Kinz. based on morphological and nrDNA ITS sequence evidence

  • Zhang Daoyuan Email author
  • Zhang Yuan 
  • Gaskin J. F. 
  • Chen Zhiduan 


Myrtama is a genus named from Myricaria elegans Royle in the 1970’s in terms of its morphological peculiarities. The establishment of this genus and its systematic position have been disputed since its inception. ITS sequences from 10 species of Tamaricaceae are reported, and analyzed by PAUP 4.0b8 and Bayesian Inference to reconstruct the phylogenies. A single ITS tree is generated from maximum parsimony and MrBayes analyses, respectively. The molecular data set shows strong support for Tamarix and Myricaria as monophyletic genera, and Myrtama as a sister group to the genus Myricaria. Based on morphological differences, a single morphological tree is also generated, in which two major lineages existed but Myrtama is a sister group to Tamarix, rather than Myricaria. The evidence from DNA sequences and morphological characters supports that Myicaria elegans should be put into neither Myricaria nor Tamarix, but kept in its own monotypic genus.


ITS sequence Myrtama Ovcz. & Kinz Myricaria elegans Royle Tamaricaceae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhang Daoyuan 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhang Yuan 
    • 2
  • Gaskin J. F. 
    • 3
  • Chen Zhiduan 
    • 2
  1. 1.Turpan Eremophytes Botanical Garden, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and GeographyChinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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