Phylogenetic position of the genus Ferula (Apiaceae) and its placement in tribe Scandiceae as inferred from nrDNA ITS sequence variation

Renata Kurzyna-Młynik, Alexei A. Oskolski, Stephen R. Downie, Rafał Kopacz, Aneta Wojewódzka, Krzysztof Spalik

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Abstract

Recent molecular systematic investigations suggested that Ferula, an umbellifer genus of about 170 species, is polyphyletic, with its members placed in the apioid superclade and within tribe Scandiceae. We analyzed ITS sequence variation from 134 accessions of Apiaceae, including 83 accessions (74 species) of Ferula to ascertain the phylogenetic position of the genus within the family. Phylogenetic analyses of these data using maximum parsimony, Bayesian, and neighbor-joining methods support the monophyly of Ferula upon the addition of Dorema and Leutea (as Ferula sensu lato) and its placement in tribe Scandiceae. Ferula sensu is closely allied with other major lineages of Scandiceae, corresponding to subtribes Scandicinae, Daucinae, and Torilidinae. Therefore, we recognize the Ferula clade as subtribe Ferulinae. Another addition to tribe Scandiceae is a clade composed of genera Glaucosciadium and Mozaffariania. The three accessions of Ferula misplaced in the apioid superclade represent a species of Silaum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-66
Number of pages20
JournalPlant Systematics and Evolution
Volume274
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Apiaceae
  • Ferula
  • Ferulinae
  • Phylogeny
  • Scandiceae
  • Umbelliferae
  • nrDNA ITS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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