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Generic recircumscription in the Loxocarpinae (Gesneriaceae), as inferred by phylogenetic and morphological data

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The Loxocarpinae, also known as the “Boea group”, are the subtribe of Gesneriaceae which includes Boea and a number of segregated genera and close relatives. This group currently comprises over 200 species in 15 genera. Here we present the most up-to-date phylogeny, covering all the genera known to belong to the group, based on Bayesian inference and parsimony of the nuclear ITS and the plastid regions trnL-trnF (intron and spacer) and ndhF-trnL UAG(spacers). The results show discrepancies between the current generic delimitation in the subtribe and the clades delineated by the phylogeny. As a result Boea, Damrongia, Paraboea and Streptocarpus are recircumscribed in an attempt to establish a more natural classification and new combinations are made. The new genus Middletonia is described.
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Keywords: BOEA; DAMRONGIA; PARABOEA; SOUTHEAST ASIA; STREPTOCARPUS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, U.K.;, Email: [email protected] 2: Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 52109 Kepong, Selangor, Malaysia 3: University of Edinburgh, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Edinburgh EH9 3JH, U.K. 4: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, U.K. 5: Herbarium, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Publication date: 03 May 2016

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