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A preliminary phylogenetic analysis of Eugenia (Myrtaceae: Myrteae), with a focus on Neotropical species

  • Fiorella Fernanda Mazine
  • Vinicius Castro Souza
  • Marcos Sobral
  • Félix Forest
  • Eve Lucas

Summary. A first phylogenetic hypothesis of Neotropical Eugenia, including associated genera and species from Africa and the Pacific was produced using DNA sequence data from the nuclear (ITS, ETS) and plastid (psbA-trnH) genomes. This analysis aimed to investigate the validity of the currently recognised infrageneric groups within Eugenia as well as suites of supporting morphological characters, to determine relationships between groups and produce a framework for future taxonomic research. A total of 70 samples were analysed and the resulting topology confirms the inclusion of Neotropical genera Calycorectes, Hexachlamys, Phyllocalyx and Stenocalyx in Eugenia to preserve the monophyly of Eugenia. Within Eugenia s.l., nine clades are identified as morphologically diagnosable groups and are assigned to two genera (Eugenia and Myrcianthes). Their morphological synapomorphies are discussed. Some lineages identified by previous classifications are also supported. Preliminary phylogenetic results presented here combined with morphology point towards the need for a new subgeneric classification for Eugenia.

Key Words

Brazil Calycorectes Hexachlamys Mata Atlântica Phyllocalyx South America Stenocalyx 



This work would not have been possible without support in the field from Ony Rodrigues de Campos, Fernando Antonio Capelo, Cassia Sakuragui, Joel da Silva, Daniela Sampaio, Wellington Forster, Andréa Onofre Araújo, and Alexandre Romariz Duarte. We are very grateful to the following generous field collectors: Bruce Holst and Daniela Zappi. We thank IBAMA for granting permits and FAPESP (Brazil) (Process 2002/01637-8), KLARF (Mellon Foundation) and the Royal Society, London for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fiorella Fernanda Mazine
    • 1
  • Vinicius Castro Souza
    • 2
  • Marcos Sobral
    • 3
  • Félix Forest
    • 4
  • Eve Lucas
    • 5
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de São CarlosSorocabaBrazil
  2. 2.Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de QueirozUniversidade de São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  3. 3.DCNAT - UFSJSão João del-ReiBrazil
  4. 4.Jodrell LaboratoryRoyal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyUK
  5. 5.HerbariumRoyal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyUK

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