Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 161–171 | Cite as

Cytotype distribution inEmpetrum (Ericaceae) at various spatial scales in the Czech Republic

  • Jan SudaEmail author
  • Radka Malcová
  • Daniel Abazid
  • Marek Banaš
  • František Procházka
  • Ota Šída
  • Milan Štech


Ploidy levels inEmpetrum (crowberry) from the Czech Republic and from one adjacent locality in Poland were estimated by flow cytometry to examine cytotype distribution patterns at large (within the country), medium (within mountain ranges) and small (within particular localities) spatial scales. Diploid, triploid, and tetraploid individuals were found. Triploids are reported from Central Europe for the first time; they occurred in the Krkonoše Mts. Exclusively diploid plants were observed in three mountain ranges (the Krušné hory Mts., Labské pískovce Mts., Adršpašsko-Teplické skály Mts.), exclusively tetraploids were observed in the Jeseníky Mts., and both cytotypes were observed in the Šumava Mts., Jizerské hory Mts. and Krkonoše Mts. Except for the latter mountain range, diploids and tetraploids were always found in different habitats. Spatial isolation is supposed to be the main barrier preventing cytotype mating. A mosaic-like sympatric occurrence of different cytotypes was demonstrated in the Krkonoše Mts., where peat bogs and rocky places were not spatially separated. Eight of 11 localities studied there were inhabited by diploids and tetraploids (five localities), diploids and triploids (one locality) or all three ploidy levels (two localities). Diploid and triploid plants occasionally intermingled at 0.3 × 0.3 m. Flower sex in crowberries was strongly associated with ploidy level: diploids usually had unisexual flowers, the tetraploids bore exclusively bisexual flowers. However, a few diploid plants with hermaphrodite flowers occurred in one population in the Krkonoše Mts.


Flow cytometry Ploidy level Spatial variation Sympatry Triploid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Suda
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Radka Malcová
    • 2
  • Daniel Abazid
    • 3
  • Marek Banaš
    • 4
  • František Procházka
    • 5
  • Ota Šída
    • 6
  • Milan Štech
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of BotanyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrůhonice 1Czech Republic
  3. 3.Blata Regional MuseumSoběslavCzech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Ecology and Environmental SciencesPalacký UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic
  5. 5.Eko-Agency KOPRVimperkCzech Republic
  6. 6.Department of BotanyNational MuseumCzech Republic
  7. 7.Department of BotanyUniversity of South BohemiaČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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