A new infrageneric classification and phylogenetic trends in the genusRhododendron (Ericaceae)

@article{Spethmann2004ANI,
  title={A new infrageneric classification and phylogenetic trends in the genusRhododendron (Ericaceae)},
  author={Wolfgang Spethmann},
  journal={Plant Systematics and Evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={157},
  pages={9-31}
}
  • W. Spethmann
  • Published 1 March 1987
  • Biology
  • Plant Systematics and Evolution
Recent studies have improved the infrageneric classification ofRhododendron, including my own investigations on flavonoids and anthocyanins as chemosystematic markers. From a synoptical comparison of morphological, anatomical and phytochemical characters a new system for the genus is proposed. Phylogenetic character progressions and relationships among subgenera, sections and subsections are discussed and illustrated. Key positions for subg.Candidastrum between chori subgenerumRhododendron… 

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