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Volume 65, Issue 6


Molecular phylogeny of Ranunculaceae based on rbc L sequences

Ying-fan Cai / Sheng-wei Li / Min Chen / Ming-feng Jiang / Yi Liu / Yong-fang Xie / Quan Sun / Huai-zhong Jiang / Neng-wen Yin / Ling Wang / Rui Zhang / Cheng-lin Huang / Kairong Lei
Published Online: 2010-10-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-010-0105-8


A phylogenetic tree was constructed by sequencing rbcL genes of 33 species representing 19 genera of Ranunculaceae, and three related species, Mahonia bealei, Mahonia fortunei and Nandina domestica. The results showed that the rbcL sequences of these Ranunculaceae range from 1,346 bp to 1,393 bp. The results based on the phylogenetic tree indicated that Caltha and Trollius should not be put in the same tribe, and a close relationship between Adonis and Trollius is supported by our research, while Aquilegia should be in Thalictroideae. In combination with the morphological and chemical evidence, the generic classification of Ranunculaceae should be revised into five subfamilies: Hydrastidoideae, Coptidoideae, Helleboroideae, Thalictroideae and Ranunculoideae. We demonstrate that the rbcL gene is of great value for investigating generic to subfamilial relationships in Ranunculaceae.

Keywords: phylogeny; Ranunculaceae; rbcL

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Published Online: 2010-10-15

Published in Print: 2010-12-01

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 65, Issue 6, Pages 997–1003, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-010-0105-8.

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