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Is Remusatia (Araceae) Monophyletic? Evidence from Three Plastid Regions
Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
Germplasm Bank of Wild Species in Southwest China, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
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Received: 18 November 2011; in revised form: 14 December 2011 / Accepted: 15 December 2011 / Published: 22 December 2011
Abstract: The genus Remusatia (Araceae) includes four species distributed in the tropical and subtropical Old World. The phylogeny of Remusatia was constructed using parsimony and Bayesian analyses of sequence data from three plastid regions (the rbcL gene, the trnL-trnF intergenic spacer, and the rps16 intron). Phylogenetic analyses of the concatenated plastid data suggested that the monophyly of Remusatia was not supported because R. hookeriana did not form a clade with the other three species R. vivipara, R. yunnanensis, and R. pumila. Nevertheless, the topology of the analysis constraining Remusatia to monophyly was congruent with the topology of the unconstrained analysis. The results confirmed the inclusion of the previously separate genus Gonatanthus within Remusatia and disagreed with the current infrageneric classification of the genus.
Keywords: Araceae; phylogeny; Remusatia; taxonomy
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Li, R.; Yi, T.; Li, H. Is Remusatia (Araceae) Monophyletic? Evidence from Three Plastid Regions. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 71-83.
Li R, Yi T, Li H. Is Remusatia (Araceae) Monophyletic? Evidence from Three Plastid Regions. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(1):71-83.
Li, Rong; Yi, Tingshuang; Li, Heng. 2012. "Is Remusatia (Araceae) Monophyletic? Evidence from Three Plastid Regions." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 1: 71-83.