The systematics ofLinum sect.Linopsis (Linaceae)

  • C. M. Rogers


SectionLinopsis of the genusLinum is the largest and probably the most widespread of the five commonly recognized sections. Using a number of traits, but especially heterostyly, style union, development of false septa in the fruit, pollen morphology, and chromosome number, together with petal pigmentation, number of floral parts, and stigma shape, the section is divided into five subsections:Dichrolinum, with one series;Halolinum with one;Linopsis, with four;Keniense, with one; andRigida, with two. Of these, subsect.Keniense and two series are new, the remaining four subsections and four series are published in a new rank. The inferred relationships of all of the groups and the general distribution of each are discussed. The section ranges from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region to India, eastern and southern Africa and throughout much of North and South America. The primitive species of the section are believed to be in the Mediterranean region.

Key Words

Angiosperms Linaceae Linum sect.Linopsis—Evolution classification chromosome numbers heterostyly pollen morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. Rogers
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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