Systematics of the tribe Podalyrieae (Fabaceae) based on DNA, morphological and chemical data

Michelle Van Der Bank, Mark W. Chase, Ben Erik Van Wyk, Michael F. Fay, Frederick H. Van Der Bank, Gail Reeves, Alan Hulme

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Phylogenetic relationships among nine genera and 28 species of the southern African tribe Podalyrieae were estimated from sequences of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) of nuclear ribosomal DNA as well as morphological and chemical data. Morphological and ITS sequence data produced cladograms with similar topologies, both supporting the monophyly of Podalyrieae (excluding Hypocalyptus). The combined data sets indicate that subtribe Xiphothecinae are monophyletic, but embedded within Podalyriinae. The high degree of congruence between previous taxonomic hypotheses and those based on DNA data provides further evidence for the utility of ITS sequences in studying phylogeny.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalBotanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


  • Combined analysis
  • Internal transcriber spacer
  • Molecular phylogeny
  • South Africa
  • Successive weighting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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