The Genus Rhododendron: A Case Study to Test the Value of Various Molecular Techniques as Measures of Biodiversity

  • David F. Chamberlain
  • Roger Hyam


The genus Rhododendron comprises around 1000 species, variously arranged in subgenera, sections, subsections and series within the genus. The classification of Rhododendron has been studied by a number of authors and several, often conflicting, schemes of classification are available.


Parsimony Analysis Majority Rule Consensus Tree UPGMA Cluster Cophenetic Correlation AFLP Data 
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  • David F. Chamberlain
  • Roger Hyam

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