A phylogenetic monograph of the Sphagnum subsecundum complex (Sphagnaceae) in eastern North America

Journal Article

A taxonomic treatment based on field studies, examination of herbarium collections, and previously published molecular data is provided for the North American species of the Sphagnum subsecundum complex. Sphagnum platyphyllum, S. contortum, S. lescurii, and S. subsecundum are gametophytically haploid. Sphagnum missouricum and S. carolinianum are gametophytically allodiploid. A single allodiploid population of S. platyphyllum and a homoploid (haploid) hybrid between S. contortum and S. subscundum, previously documented genetically, are described and illustrated (but neither distinguished taxonomically). Epitypes are designated from (haploid) S. lescurii and (allodiploid) S. missouricum because the ploidal level of the original type material cannot be determined unambiguously. In North America, S. subsecundum is restricted to the eastern part of the continent, as western plants named this species are not conspecific. North American plants named S. inundatum are considered synonymous with either S. lescurii (when haploid) or S. missouricum (when diploid). © 2012 by The American Bryological and Lichenological Society, Inc.

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Cited Authors

  • Shaw, AJ; Shaw, B; Ricca, M; Flatberg, KI

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 115 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 128 - 152

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-2745

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1639/0007-2745-115.1.128