Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 177, Issue 3–4, pp 117–138 | Cite as

Karyotaxonomical analysis in the genusAngelica (Umbelliferae)

  • M. G. Vasil'eva
  • M. G. Pimenov


Morphometric karyotype characters were studied in 25Angelica spp. (Umbelliferae, Apioideae) and in one species of the related genusTommasinia. For three species the chromosome numbers are new. In our study the majority of the species investigated are diploids with 2n = 22, some are tetraploids with 2n = 44 (for these tetraploids also diploid cytotypes are reported in the literature). Among the diploid species,A. miqueliana has a distinct karyotype consisting of submetacentric and acrocentric chromosomes only, the remaining diploids with 2n = 22 as well as tetraploids with 2n = 44 have rather symmetrical karyotypes, consisting of metacentric and submetacentric chromosomes. The very different chromosome number 2n = 28 has been found inA. gmelinii. Its karyotype includes two distinct groups of chromosomes: 8 pairs of rather large metacentrics and submetacentrics and 6 pairs of very short and asymmetrical chromosomes. Chromosome numbers and structures appear to be useful in the taxonomy of some intrageneric taxa inAngelica.

Key words

Angiosperms Umbelliferae Angelica Chromosome numbers karyotypes karyosystematics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Vasil'eva
    • 1
  • M. G. Pimenov
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanical GardenMoscow State UniversityMoscowU.S.S.R.

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