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Gelsemiaceae (Gentianales) expanded to include the enigmatic Asian genus Pteleocarpa

TitleGelsemiaceae (Gentianales) expanded to include the enigmatic Asian genus Pteleocarpa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsStruwe L, Soza VL, Manickam S, Olmstead RG
JournalBotanical Journal of the Linnean Society

<p>The enigmatic South-East Asian monotypic genus Pteleocarpa has been considered as a genus incertae sedis among the eudicots for a long time. Molecular data (plastid and nuclear ribosomal regions) from 44 widely sampled species across Lamiidae and phylogenetic analyses have finally clarified its familial relationships, and it is here included in Gelsemiaceae (order Gentianales). Its morphological characteristics support a placement in this family and order as a result of the presence of potential synapomorphies, such as imbricate and commonly yellow corollas, latrorse anther dehiscence, divided styles and compressed seeds. Unique characters for Pteleocarpa in Gelsemiaceae are alternate leaves and indehiscent samaras.</p>

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