TWO LINEAGES OF ARCTOSTAPHYLOS (ERICACEAE) IDENTIFIED USING THE INTERNAL TRANSCRIBED SPACER (ITS) REGION OF THE NUCLEAR GENOME

Laura M. Boykin, Michael C. Vasey, V. Thomas Parker, Robert Patterson
2005 Madroño  
The understanding of evolutionary relationships in Arctostaphylos has been hampered by taxonomic difficulties in this large and complex genus. A phylogenetic analysis of sequences from the ITS region for 38 species was used to provide a phylogenetic perspective for interpreting evolutionary patterns and relationships in Arctostaphylos. Phylogenetic relationships were estimated using maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. ITS sequence data do not support a previously published subgeneric
more » ... shed subgeneric classification based on morphological characteristics, but do support the two lineages of Arctostaphylos described by a previous molecular phylogeny based on RFLP data. Topology tests indicate morphological characters are not useful in defining monophyletic clades.
doi:10.3120/0024-9637(2005)52[139:tloaei]2.0.co;2 fatcat:xubmmzjsrjgdnakm2or6t56oei