, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Species delimitation in Epilobium (sec. Epilobium, Onagraceae): morphological, molecular and palynological data

  • Masoud Sheidai
  • Sedigheh Rahimi
  • Ahmad Reza Mehrabian
  • Fahimeh Koohdar
  • Zahra Nourmohammadi
Original Article


The genus Epilobium L. (Family Onagraceae) with about 200 species is taxonomically complicated due to wide inter-specific gene flow. There is no report on biosystematics of Epilobium species in Iran, therefore we studied 5 species of this genus using a combination of morphological, molecular (ISSR) and palynological data to delimit these species. All data revealed high degree of morphological and genetic overlap among the studied species. However, they could be separated when all studied features were used together. Morphological characters could delimit 3 species while genetic data separated them in two major groups. However, palynological data could delimit all five species studied. The species relationship was highly compatible in all three data sources used.


Epilobium ISSR Morphometry Palynology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masoud Sheidai
    • 1
  • Sedigheh Rahimi
    • 1
  • Ahmad Reza Mehrabian
    • 1
  • Fahimeh Koohdar
    • 1
  • Zahra Nourmohammadi
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Life Sciences & BiotechnologyShahid Beheshti UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Biology, School of Basic SciencesScience and Research Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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