Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Systematic Botany

Volume

34

Publication Date

1-1-2009

First Page

693

Last Page

703

Abstract

We examined populations of perennial, shrubby buckwheats in the Eriogonum corymbosum complex and related Eriogonum species in the subgenus Eucycla, to assess genetic affiliations of the recently named E. corymbosum var. nilesii. The known populations of this varietyare all located in Clark County, Nevada, U. S. A. We compared AFLP profiles and chloroplast DNA sequences of plants sampled from populations of E. corymbosum var. nilesii with those of plants representing other E. corymbosum varieties and related Eriogonum species from Colorado,Utah, northern Arizona, and northern New Mexico. We found evidence of genetic cohesion among the Clark County populations as well astheir genetic divergence from populations of other E. corymbosum varieties and species. The genetic component uncovered in this study sup-ports the morphological findings upon which the nomenclatural change was based, attesting to the taxonomic distinctness of this biologicalentity.

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