Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 192, Issue 3–4, pp 263–277 | Cite as

Phylogenetic relationships among genera in theLiliaceae-Asparagoideae-Polygonatae s.l. inferred fromrbcL gene sequence data

  • Zabta Khan Shinwari
  • Hidetoshi Kato
  • Ryohei Terauchi
  • Shoichi Kawano


The chloroplast gene encoding ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate-carboxylase (rbcL) was sequenced for phylogenetic analysis of 13 species (10 genera) in the tribePolygonatae s.l. of theLiliaceae-Asparagoideae. The data were analysed using maximum parsimony and neighbour-joining methods. There were 233 phylogenetically informative sites out of 1368 base pairs compared. The results suggest that there are three monophyletic groups withinPolygonatae s.l. with high bootstrap confidence values. Group A representsPolygonatae s.str., with generaMaianthemum, Smilacina, Convallaria, Disporopsis, andPolygonatum. Group B containsUvularia andDisporum and group C includesStreptopus, Tricyrtis, Clintonia, andProsartes. The study suggests thatPolygonatae s.l. are not a monophyletic group, including at least three groups of different phylogenetic origin. Monophyly of the taxa within groups A, B, and C is supported by the high bootstrap confidence values (85–100%) of the bootstrap replications for both parsimony and neighbour-joining methods. The differences between each group (calculated as 100x base substitutions per site) were 6.99–9.03 for group A and B, 4.92–7.35 for A and C, and 6.66–7.57 for B and C.

Key words

Liliaceae Asparagoideae Polygonatae Phylogeny cpDNA rbcL sequences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zabta Khan Shinwari
    • 1
  • Hidetoshi Kato
    • 2
  • Ryohei Terauchi
    • 2
  • Shoichi Kawano
    • 2
  1. 1.Pakistan Museum of Natural HistoryIslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of BotanyFaculty of Science, Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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