Phylogenetic analysis of Artemisia L. (Asteraceae) based on micromorphological traits of pollen grains

  • MQ Hayat
  • M Ashraf
  • MA Khan
  • G Yasmin
  • N Shaheen
  • S Jabeen
Keywords: Artemisia, Seriphidium, Anthemideae, Asteraceae, palynology, pollen morphology, taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny.

Abstract

The phylogenetic relationships within the genus Artemisia have been very controversial. In order to recognize the systematic inference of pollen grains in this genus, the micromorphological characteristics of pollens from 22 taxa were examined by means of light microscopy (LM) and scanning
electron microscopy (SEM). A phylogenetic analysis of Artemisia based on 9 micromorphological characters of pollens was conducted using Wagner parsimony method. In the resulting phylogenetic tree, relationships among different Artemisia species are shown. This study also presents the
phylogenetic associations among 4 sections within the genus Artemisia. The reunion of genus Seriphidum with Artemisia was also confirmed.
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