Genetic relationships among Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) species based on RAPD markers.

  title={Genetic relationships among Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) species based on RAPD markers.},
  author={L P Marouelli and Peter Ward Inglis and Manuel A. Ferreira and Gl{\'a}ucia Salles Cortopassi Buso},
  journal={Genetics and molecular research : GMR},
  volume={9 3},
The family Heliconiaceae contains a single genus, Heliconia, with approximately 180 species of Neotropical origin. This genus was formerly allocated to the family Musaceae, but today forms its own family, in the order Zingiberales. The combination of inverted flowers, a single staminode and drupe fruits is an exclusive characteristic of Heliconia. Heliconias are cultivated as ornamental garden plants, and are of increasing importance as cut flowers. However, there are taxonomic confusions and… CONTINUE READING