Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 353–366 | Cite as

The taxonomic treatment of agamosperms in the genusLimonium mill. (Plumbaginaceae)

  • Robyn Cowan
  • Martin J. Ingrouille
  • M. Dolores Lledó
Forum Species Concept In Agamic And Autogamic Complexes


Agamospermous species account for a large proportion of the species ofLimonium. Agamospermy is indicated by uneven polyploidy or aneuploidy, low pollen stainability and by the presence of monomorphic self-incompatible populations. The taxonomic treatment of agamospermous taxa varies from recognition of all of them at the same specific rank or by utilising a range of ranks in the taxonomic hierarchy. The influence of evolutionary hypotheses on taxonomic systems is considered. Molecular data provide a means of measuring the genetical relationships of taxa and establishing groups in a taxonomic hierarchy.


Apomixis Hybridisation Taxonomic hierarchy Species concepts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robyn Cowan
    • 1
  • Martin J. Ingrouille
    • 1
  • M. Dolores Lledó
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

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