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Lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) serves as a flagship species for plant conservation in many European countries. Its populations are threatened by over-collecting and loss of suitable habitat. Information on local and regional genetic structure can help to develop appropriate conservation strategies. A total of fifteen novel microsatellite(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Despite their significant capacity to propagate vegetatively, most orchids reproduce via seeds. Sexual reproduction via seed is commonly reported, in contrast to apomixis, whereby seeds are clones of the mother. Although insect pollination and autonomous self-pollination exist in mycoheterotrophic plants, the reproductive embryology of(More)
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