Classification of Lilium and Fritillaria

Pacific Rim
Tue, 02 Aug 2005 10:16:40 PDT
Dear all:

Below you will find the abstract of an article of interest to many of us in 
the Pacific Bulb Society and the International Bulb Society. If anyone has 
access to the full text (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Volume 35, Issue 3 , June 2005, Pages 509-527) I would be *very* grateful 
for a copy. This is the getline:…

Paige Woodward


Molecular phylogenetic evidence for the monophyly of Fritillaria and Lilium 
(Liliaceae; Liliales) and the infrageneric classification of Fritillaria
Nina Rønsted, Steve Law1, Hannah Thornton2, Michael F. Fay,  and Mark W. 

Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3DS, UK

Received 2 December 2003;  revised 16 June 2004.  Available online 23 March 

We present phylogenetic analyses of 37 taxa of Fritillaria (Liliaceae), 15 
species of Lilium, and several outgroup taxa from Liliaceae s.s. to 
investigate the generic delimitation of Fritillaria in relation to Lilium as 
well as infrageneric relationships within Fritillaria. We used DNA sequences 
from the maturase-coding plastid matK gene and the trnK intron, the intron 
of the ribosomal protein-coding rpl16 plastid gene, and the nuclear 
ribosomal internal transcribed spacers (ITS). Phylogenetic analysis using 
maximum parsimony defined Fritillaria and Lilium (the latter including 
Nomocharis) as sister taxa. Fritillaria sections Fritillaria and Liliorhiza 
are supported in part, and some of the most enigmatic species usually 
included in Fritillaria (sections Petilium and Theresia and the monotypic 
genus Korolkowia) are closely related. The results support the new 
classification of Fritillaria proposed by Rix. We postulate independent 
origins of the underground bulbils found in Fritillaria davidii and the 
remainder of subgenus Liliorhiza.
Keywords: Fritillaria; ITS; Korolkowia; Lilium; matK; Nomocharis; rpl16

Corresponding author. Fax: +44 208 332 5310
1 Present address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, 
Bassett Crescent East, Southampton SO16 7PX, UK.
2 Present address: Biology Department, Florida International University, 
Miami, FL, USA.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Volume 35, Issue 3 , June 2005, Pages 509-527


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