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A morphometric study and taxonomic revision of Fritillaria tubaeformis complex (Liliaceae)

Marco MUCCIARELLI¹, Paolo ROSSO¹, Virgile NOBLE², Fabrizio BARTOLUCCI³, Lorenzo PERUZZI⁴
Plant Systematics and Evolution 1-15 (2016)
DOI: 10.1007/s00606-016-1334-2
¹Department of Life Science and Systems Biology, University of Torino, Viale Pier Andrea Mattioli 25, 10125, Turin, Italy
²Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen, 34 Avenue Gambetta, 83400, Hyères-les-Palmiers, France
³Ctr. Ric. Florist. Appennino, Scuola Biosci. & Med. Vet., University of Camerino, 67021, Barisciano, L’Aquila, Italy
⁴Department of Biology, University of Pisa, via Luca Ghini 13, 56126, Pisa, Italy

Mucciarelli et al. 2016


A morphometric multivariate and univariate study involving all the three taxa within the Fritillaria tubaeformis complex was carried out. A total of 86 individuals from 8 populations were studied in vivo and complemented by the analysis of 116 individuals from herbarium specimens. According to our results, some morphological characters clearly support the separation among F. burnatii, F. tubaeformis and F. moggridgei. Despite this, some morphological overlapping does exist among F. tubaeformis and F. moggridgei, which show contiguous, partially interdigitated, but not overlapping ranges, and we deem more opportune their separation at subspecies level. On the contrary, Fritillaria burnatii is a clearly distinct species, albeit it can occasionally co-occur in the same site with F. tubaeformis subsp. moggridgei. An identification key for both fresh and dry specimens is provided.

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