Morphological and genetic diversity within Pilosella hoppeana aggr. (Asteraceae) in Italy and taxonomic implications

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Morphological variation, ploidy level and genetic diversity have been studied on 10 populations of the Pilosella hoppeana aggr.from the Alps, Abruzzo, Calabria and Sicily.Chromosome counts showed that the plants from Abruzzo and those from Sicily are tetraploid (2n= 36); they are assigned to P. hoppeana subsp. macrantha. The plants from the Alps (P. hoppeana subsp. hoppeana) and those from Calabria are diploid. The Calabrian populations, previously included in P. hoppeana subsp. macrantha, are shown to belong to a separate species, P. leucopsilon. The principal component analysis, based on 25 morphological characters, allowed distinguishing clearly four groups. An allozymes study using 10 enzyme systems revealed 7 polymorphic loci with a total of 20 alleles, some of them exclusive at regional level, others shared between populations showing similar morphological features. The genetic differentiation between populations was relatively high. The obtained dendrogram supports recognition of the morphologically defined taxa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-799
Number of pages12
Volume147 (3)
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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