, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 58–66 | Cite as

Phylogenetic relationships of Scaphyglottis and related genera (Laeliinae: Orchidaceae) based on nrDNA ITS sequence data

  • Robert L. Dressler
  • W. Mark Whitten
  • Norris H. Williams


Sequences of the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer regions 1 & 2 (nrDNA ITS) including the intervening 5.8S region were analyzed cladistically for 43 individuals of 35 species ofScaphyglottis s.l. plus two outgroup taxa. Low levels of sequence divergence do not allow estimation of relationships among most clades, but the analyses indicate that four segregate genera (Hexisea Lindl.,Reichenbachanthus Barb. Rodr.,Hexadesmia Brogn., andPlatyglottis coriacea L.O. Williams) are embedded within a broad paraphyleticScaphyglottis. This broadly definedScaphyglottis sensu Dressler is characterized within Laeliinae by the usual presence of superposed growth habit and the presence of a column foot. In order to accommodate species formerly placed inPlatyglottis andReichenbachanthus, three new combinations are made inScaphyglottis:Scaphyglottis brasiliensis (Schltr.) Dressler,S. coriacea (L. O. Williams) Dressier, andS. emarginata (Garay) Dressler.

Key words

Orchidaceae Laeliinae Scaphyglottis Hexisea Reichenbachanthus Platyglottis ITS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Dressler
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • W. Mark Whitten
    • 4
  • Norris H. Williams
    • 4
  1. 1.Florida Museum of Natural HistoryUSA
  2. 2.Missouri Botanical GardenUSA
  3. 3.Marie Selby Botanical GardenUSA
  4. 4.Florida Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesville

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