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Morphological variation inLolium (Poaceae) as a measure of species relationships


Analysis of morphological and phenological data for determining the genetic variation within sevenLolium species led to the recognition of two groups within this genus. One group, containing the two inbreeding speciesL. temulentum andL. persicum, was clearly distinct from all other species. Strong morphological and phenological intergradation was found between both species. The cross-breeding species,L. perenne, L. rigidum, andL. multiflorum, formed another group. Little differentiation was found between these species, though they were distinct. Two inbreeding species,L. loliaceum andL. remotum, were clearly distinct from each other and the two groups.L. loliaceum had an isolated position and was most related toL. rigidum. L. remotum had an intermediate position between the cross-breeding and inbreeding species, and was almost equally distant from all three cross-breeding species.

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Loos, B.P. Morphological variation inLolium (Poaceae) as a measure of species relationships. Pl Syst Evol 188, 87–99 (1993).

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Key words

  • Poaceae
  • Lolium
  • Morphological and phenological variation
  • species relationships
  • multivariate analysis