Fabian A Michelangeli

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A phylogenetic analysis of the Poales was conducted to assess relationships among Poaceae and allied families. The analysis included 40 taxa, representing all families of the Poales as circumscribed by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG), plus five of the six unplaced Commelinid families in the APG system. The data matrix included 98 informative characters(More)
In the Caribbean region, the Melastomataceae are represented by about 450 species (from 28 genera), close to 400 of them endemic. The majority of these endemic species (approximately 330) belong to the tribe Miconieae, a monophyletic group characterized by flowers with inferior or partly inferior ovaries that develop into baccate fruits, stamens with no or(More)
A phylogenetic analysis of the monocots was conducted on the basis of nucleotide sequence variation in two genes (atpA, encoded in the mitochondrial genome, and rbcL, encoded in the plastid genome). The taxon sample of 218 angiosperm terminals included 177 monocots and 41 dicots. Among the major results of the analysis are the resolution of a clade(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Most neotropical Melastomataceae have bee-pollinated flowers with poricidal anthers. However, nectar rewards are known to be produced in about 80 species in eight genera from four different tribes. These nectar-producing species are pollinated by both vertebrates and invertebrates. METHODS The floral morphology and anatomy of 14(More)
Pachyanthus (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) is traditionally circumscribed as a group of 20 species of Caribbean shrubs, mostly local Cuban endemics. However, the exact number of species is unknown because generic delimitations are still unclear for most genera of Miconieae. To test the monophyly of Pachyanthus, we produced a molecular phylogeny using nrITS(More)
The seed morphology of 79 species of neotropical Miconieae (Melastomataceae) is presented. These species have been chosen, in majority, from the polyphyletic genus Leandra. A few other species from the polyphyletic genera Miconia, Ossaea, and Clidemia were also sampled, because of potential similarities. Sixteen morphological seed types are defined after(More)
Phylogenetic studies in Melastomataceae have demonstrated the need for taxonomic rearrangements in the current classification. Nonetheless, melastomes are among the most diverse groups of plants and several cases of known artificial taxa have been observed and awaiting further resolution. The Leandra s.str. clade, with ca. 200 species, includes the majority(More)
BACKGROUND In the past three decades, several studies have predominantly relied on a small sample of the plastome to infer deep phylogenetic relationships in the species-rich Melastomataceae. Here, we report the first full plastid sequences of this family, compare general features of the sampled plastomes to other sequenced Myrtales, and survey the(More)
The K+-stimulated, ouabain-insensitive ATPase activity present in vesicles of microsomal fractions from hog gastric mucosa can be demonstrated in fresh preparations by adding Ca2+ (μM range) to the incubation medium. Ca2+ effect is similar but not additive to the effect of gramicidin or freezing. High Ca2+ concentrations (1 mM) produce an inhibotory effect(More)